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2-in-1 Smart Plug with Alexa, Google, and IFTTT Support: $19.99

1 week 5 days ago

We have a deal on a 2-in-1 Smart Plug with Alexa, Google, and IFTTT support. Firstly, it has two outlets, but plugs into just one. Secondly, those outlets are smart outlets that can be controlled via Alexa, Google Home, or IFTTT, and are controllable from the SmartLife app, too. Our deal is for one of these devices for $19.99. But the deal listing also has a 2-pack for $37.99.


Bryan Chaffin

Three New Colors for Apple iPhone XS Cases

1 week 5 days ago

Apple has released its iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max silicone cases in three new colors. The new colors are Hibiscus, Mellow Yellow and Pacific Green. The case costs $39. The company also introduced Apple Watch Sport Bands in the three new colors, at a cost $49. In addition, there are new Nike Sports bands in Celestial/Black, Olive Flak/Black and Smokey Mauve/Particle Beige for the same price. The cases will be ready for delivery on Monday and in-store on Tuesday (via MacRumors).


Charlotte Henry

Numbers: How to Refer to Cells in Other Sheets

1 week 5 days ago

With Numbers, Apple’s spreadsheet program, you can have multiple sheets in a single document and use cells within each to calculate values in the others. It’s handy! Come on in and read about how.


Melissa Holt

How Apple Can Win the Education Market

1 week 5 days ago

Rachel Premack writes about how Google has dominated the education market, and how Apple and Microsoft can fight back.

When it comes to education software, which teachers and students use to manage assignments, deadlines, and documents, Apple is lacking — particularly compared to the super-popular and easy-to-use Google Classroom. That might cancel out its other strengths, said Avi Greengart, the research director for consumer devices at GlobalData.

I know everyone says this but I think the biggest thing holding Apple back in education is price.


Andrew Orr

Mujjo Has a New Line of Blue Leather Cases

1 week 5 days ago

Mujjo is launching a new line of blue leather cases for the latest iPhones. It’s not just any blue. They selected this deep shade of blue which contrasts beautifully with the iPhone’s black bezels and picks up very subtle hints of purple and green in different lighting, reminding us of the inky shades of the deep ocean. It’s a striking blue that stands out from the blacks and the greys, fit for a day at the office or a day at the track, while remaining formal when it needs to. Rest assured, you can go about your day looking the part, whatever the part, knowing you’ll make a good impression. The case adds very little thickness to the iPhone. The edges are raised by 1 mm so that the screen doesn’t touch the surface when you put it down. The buttons are covered in leather and designed to take nothing away from responsiveness. Openings for the camera and mute button are chamfered, adding to the aesthetic of the cases. These cases are crafted to fit the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR.


Andrew Orr

ACLU Asks Court to Reveal Details About Breaking Encryption

1 week 5 days ago

In a case earlier this year, the government tried to make Facebook help wiretap certain Messenger voice calls. It was rejected, but the legal arguments the government made for breaking encryption remain under seal. The ACLU wants the details made public.

The case involves the executive branch’s attempt to force a private corporation to break the encryption and other security mechanisms on a product relied upon by the public to have private conversations. The government is not just seeking information held by a third party; rather, it appears to be attempting to get this Court to force a communications platform to redesign its product to thwart efforts to secure communications between users.


Andrew Orr

How Developers Run App Store Scams and Game the System

1 week 6 days ago

David Barnard takes a close look at App Store scams and manipulation going on. It sounds like it’s easy to game the system.

Apple can and does dramatically shape the App Store economy. Similar to how governments shape economies through tax law and other policies, Apple shapes the App Store economy through App Review policies, App Store implementation details, editorial decisions, the App Store search algorithm, and in so many other subtle (and not so subtle) ways.

There are shady practices going on in the App Store, and Apple should do more to crack down on developers who abuse it.


Andrew Orr

What Comes After Wearables? Hearables

1 week 6 days ago

“Gartner, Inc. forecasts that worldwide shipments of wearable devices will reach 225 million in 2019, an increase of 25.8 percent from 2018. End-user spending on wearable devices is forecast to reach $42 billion in 2019. Of that, $16.2 billion will be on smartwatches.” Most of that will likely be earned by Apple as its Apple Watch emerges as a very strong health and fitness monitor.

But what comes next? Gartner prognosticates. “However, Gartner predicts that by 2022, ear-worn devices (“hearables”) shipments will take over as the top wearables segment with 158 million units shipped compared with 115 million smartwatch shipments in 2022.” This kind of makes sense as, more and more, we’ll be chatting with smarter, more intuitive AIs.  The link has a table of sales predictions for the out years.


John Martellaro

Qualcomm CEO Says Apple Dispute Close to Settling

1 week 6 days ago

Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf told CNBC on Wednesday that his firm and Apple are “on the doorstep” of settling their ongoing dispute. He told Mad Money host Jim Cramer that they “do talk as companies.” He reiterated that he believes a resolution is likely in the last part of 2018 or early 2019. Apple has accused Qualcomm of taking an unfair cut of each iPhone. Meanwhile, Qualcomm has accused of Apple of stealing and bartering its trade secrets. Mr. Mollenkopf also discussed 5G rollout in the interview. He predicted that the 5G rollout will start in spring 2019.

“We’ve always talked about — I’ve been very consistent — that … the second half of this year and into next year is when we’re really on the doorstep of finding a resolution and we don’t see anything different than that,” the CEO said.


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