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Spotify is finally testing an Apple Watch companion app

1 week 3 days ago

Remember way back when Spotify announced it was working on an Apple Watch app? We don’t blame you if you don’t. It’s been more than a year and a half.

As users on Reddit discovered, though, the streaming giant has finally included a beta version of an Apple Watch companion app with its latest TestFlight release for iOS.

And, well, it’s minimal. At the moment it looks as though you can only control playback (and perform functions like shuffling songs in playlists) and you’ll need to keep your phone nearby for it to work.

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Leif Johnson

Today only, Amazon is selling the 12-inch MacBook for $400 off

1 week 4 days ago

So here’s an interesting deal. Only a few days after the announcement of the new MacBook Air, Amazon’s Woot service is selling certified Apple-refurbished units of the 256GB 12-inch MacBook for just $899.99 as one of its Deals of the Day. That’s down $400 from their normal price of $1,299 and it’s also down $300 from the retail price of the new MacBook Air.

You can buy one in space gray, silver, gold, or rose gold.

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Leif Johnson

Apple News will launch real-time election results section on November 6

1 week 4 days ago

The U.S. midterm elections on November 6 will be hotly contested and closely watched, with every news organization producing wall-to-wall coverage of results as they come in from across the country.

According to TechCrunch, Apple’s News app will be getting in on the action, too. The current “Midterm Elections” section will be replaced by “Election Night,” as will the "Digest" tab at the bottom of the app.

The section will feature live election results from the Associated Press (whose results are used by many large news organizations), and live infographics that update every minute. You’ll also be able to see a complete rundown for the House and Senate races.

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Jason Cross

Amazon's 1-day Anker sale brings all-time low prices on chargers and cables

1 week 4 days ago

Whether we're on the go or in our beds, we can never have enough ways to keep our devices charged. And today's a great way to load up on more of them.Amazon is running an Anker sale that will save you at least 25 percentRemove non-product link on some of their most popular chargers, with many at all-time low prices. Here are our favorite deals:

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Alexandria Haslam

If we had to sacrifice Apple Pencil compatibility for a USB-C iPad, then so be it

1 week 4 days ago

Earlier this week Apple achieved a wonder: It made the iPad Pro exciting again. The new tablet is a USB-C-powered beast that plays nice with external gadgets without the need for dongles, and it comes with an updated, wirelessly charged Apple Pencil that checks off many of the boxes on our wishlist.

But it didn’t take long for the implications of this design shift to settle in. You can’t use the older Apple Pencil with the new iPad Pro, and you can’t use the new Pencil with the older models. It all looked too much like “Apple being Apple,” as some critics might say, as the Apple Pencil’s new design forces iPad Pro owners to buy a new version of a device they probably already bought within the last year or two.

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Leif Johnson

4 Apple products and technologies that are running out of time

1 week 4 days ago

What is dead may never die, as the Ironborn of Game of Thrones are fond of saying. This week, Apple resurrected both the MacBook Air and the Mac mini at its event, proving that death is sometimes only a temporary state of affairs—at least where tech products are concerned.

But just as this week’s Apple event giveth, there’s also the suggestion that it might taketh away; some Apple products and technologies find themselves in limbo after the announcements of the week, meaning that the writing may perhaps be on the wall for them.

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Dan Moren

Apple’s latest record quarter: Why Apple loves China but hates sales figures

1 week 4 days ago

It’s another record quarter as a part of a record fiscal year for Apple. The revenue was nearly $63 billion, the profit more than $14 billion, and for the year Apple generated $265 billion in revenue and nearly $60 billion in profit. It’s the company’s eighth straight quarter of revenue growth, and that growth has accelerated every one of those quarters. This is a healthy company; you couldn’t find a healthier one if you tried.

Yes, Apple’s stock is getting hit because its guidance—the amount of money it expects to make during the current quarter—is actually slightly below what Wall Street analysts were expecting. For the record, the revenue Apple has guided to—between $89 and $93 billion—would be the most revenue Apple has ever generated in a quarter, and somewhere between 1 and 5 percent growth. In other words, get ready for another record Apple quarter, because this one’s shaping up to be huge.

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Jason Snell

Apple’s Q4 report shows increased revenues, but stocks fall following disappointing guidance

1 week 4 days ago

Apple on Thursday released its earnings report for the fourth quarter ending on September 30. Overall revenue reached $62.9 billion, marking a 20 percent boost from the year-ago quarter, and quarterly earnings per diluted share amounted to $2.41, marking a 41 percent increase.

International sales played a big role in this success story, as they were responsible for 61 percent of Apple’s revenue. This was a led by a 34 percent increase in revenue from Japan and by a 22 percent increase from the rest of east Asia.

While there was plenty of good news, Apple stock fell by 7.3 percent in after-hours trading. That’s enough to bring it below its famous $1 trillion valuation, particularly if it stays that way through the night.

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Leif Johnson

How to get all of the Apple Watch Activity badges

1 week 5 days ago

Updated 11/01/18:  The next limited Achievement will come on November 11 for Veteran’s Day. This is available in the U.S. only. 

Achievement badges are a funny thing. You know they’re just a simple little bit of visual flair, they don’t even do anything, and yet for some reason you just have to collect them. Achievements are great motivators, and the achievement badges for the activity tracking on the Apple Watch have inspired many users to get more exercise.

If you want to maximize your badge count, you’re going to watch to chase down as many activity achievements as you can. Most are available year-round, but there are also some time-limited special events to grab, too. Here’s a list of all the activity achievements for the Apple Watch and how to unlock them.

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Jason Cross

Get This $260 Philips Sonicare Alternative For Just $50 Today

1 week 5 days ago

When shopping for an electric toothbrush, Philips Sonicare and Braun Oral B instantly come to mind. These brands offer outstanding entry-level electric toothbrushes for a fair price. However, the lower-priced models don’t include the bells and whistles the higher end models offer, and these toothbrushes can easily cost over $100. If you’re looking for a feature-packed electric toothbrush that doesn’t carry a name brand premium, this $49.99 Platinum Sonic toothbrush is for you.

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DealPost Team

New iPad Pro, new MacBook Air, new Mac mini, other event announcements

1 week 5 days ago
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The Macworld staff talks about the announcements Apple made at its Tuesday event: the new iPad Pro, Mac mini, and MacBook Air. We also respond to your comments and questions for Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, Dan Masaoka, and Michael Simon in the Macworld Podcast, episode 628.

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Leif Johnson,

Dan Masaoka,

Roman Loyola,

Michael Simon

How to stop selfie photos from appearing in iOS 12’s Selfies album

1 week 5 days ago

In iOS, any photo you take with the front-facing camera (some people call it the selfie cam) is automatically sorted into an album called Selfies. But what if you don't want photos taken with the selfie cam to appear in Selfies? (The Selfies album in iOS 12 is located in the Photos app, under a section called Media Types.)

There is a way to suppress images from appearing in the Selfies album or remove them without deleting them, though it takes some effort. You can't disable the album nor can you modify images within Photos in iOS to make this happen, but you can use a round-trip export: transfer the photos to your Mac, modify them, and then transfer the pictures back to your iPhone. When the photos are on your Mac, you modify the photo's metadata-the details about how a picture was taken.

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Glenn Fleishman

Hi-top fade: When your Apple judging is too obvious

1 week 5 days ago

Apple announces its quarterly results today so that means it’s time to get your shots in to try to drive the price of its stock down so you can buy it cheaper before people realize the company isn’t actually going out of business.

Seeking Alpha isn’t the only place where such stock shenanigans go on but they are here for it!

Author “Long Term Tips” wants you to know that “Apple's Foundation Is Crumbling.”

Apple started to fade after the death of their CEO.

It faded right up to a trillion dollar valuation. That’s a Kid ’n Play-style fade.

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The Macalope

Apple’s charging at least 20% more for every product this year and we’re all going to pay it

1 week 5 days ago

After Tuesday’s “More in the Making” event, Apple has officially rolled out its full suite of products for 2018 and beyond. It’s an impressive slate of Macs, iPhones, and iPads, and they will no doubt top many a wish list during the holiday season.

Now that we know exactly what Apple will be selling for the next 12 months, a disturbing trend has emerged, one that gives new meaning to the word “more.”

First, let’s take a look at last year’s entry-level pricing for new products:

  • iPhone 8: $699
  • iPad Pro 10.5-inch: $649
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch: $799
  • Apple Watch Series 3 with GPS: $329
  • Apple Watch Series 3 with GPS + Cellular: $399
  • Mac mini: $499
  • MacBook Air: $999

Those are all expensive for sure, but not necessarily luxury. And now take a look at this year’s prices:

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