Monthly archives: February, 2017

Should Apple swap Lightning for USB-C with iPhone 8? [Poll]

Apple is rumored to be making major changes for iPhone 8, like doing away with Touch ID in favor of a mini Touch Bar. Another big move, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal today, could be a switch from Lightning to USB-C. An iPhone with USB-C instead of Lightning would have its pros and cons. […]
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Apple designs iPhone display that reads fingerprints

Apple has patented new technology that allows an entire iPhone display to become a fingerprint scanner. The invention comes just in time for iPhone 8, which is expected to come with a Touch Bar-style “function area” in place of its Touch ID button. While other smartphone manufacturers have done away with physical home buttons and […]
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Apple’s AR ambitions may be bigger than we thought

Apple “may have over 1,000 engineers working on a project in Israel that could be related” to augmented reality, claims UBS analyst Steven Milunovich in a new note to clients. Because of this, Milunovich suggests that Apple is viewing AR as one of the next big areas of tech innovation. One possible application could be, […]
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YouTube addicts are watching 1 billion hours of video a day

Consider yourself a YouTube addict? You’re one of millions around the world. So many people now visit the site on a regular basis that over 1 billion hours of video are being consumed every single day. Google decided several years ago that focusing on the amount of views YouTube videos received wasn’t the best way to […]
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Samsung chief faces possible 20 years behind bars for bribery

Samsung Vice-Chairman Lee Jae-yong has been charged with bribery, embezzlement, hiding assets overseas, and perjury by South Korean prosecutors. Lee — who is the heir apparent to the Samsung Group and only son of Samsung’s incapacitated chairman — was arrested on February 17 for his role in a scandal involving the country’s impeached president Park Geun-hye. Today was the […]
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Bill Gates says he didn’t copy Steve Jobs

Among questions on his favorite sandwiches (“Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger”) and whether he can still jump over a chair (probably not), Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates got asked whether his company had copied Steve Jobs during a Reddit Q&A on Monday. Gates denied copying Cupertino — but reminded everybody that Microsoft and Apple both borrowed liberally from […]
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Today in Apple history: Mac mini arrives with Intel inside

February 28, 2006: Apple introduces its Mac mini with Intel processor. An affordable “headless” Mac for entry level users, it’s the third Apple computer overall to switch to Intel chips. Oh, and it makes one heckuva media player when plugged into a TV. A headless Mac When the first generation Mac mini shipped in 2005, it […]
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Goodbye Lightning? 2017 iPhones may rely on USB-C connector

This year’s iPhones may boast USB-C connectors, claims a new report from The Wall Street Journal. If true, this would bring next-gen iPhones in line with the company’s push to embrace the industry-standard connector — as seen with recent MacBooks, which ditched legacy connectors in favor of a single USB-C port for both power and data transfers. What’s not […]
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Mozilla buys Pocket in first ever acquisition

Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox web browser, just snapped up Pocket in its first ever acquisition. Pocket will remain an independent subsidiary and promises to continue delivering the service fans know and love. However, the Mozilla takeover will allow it to add “fuel to the rocketship” and build an even greater product. If you’re […]
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MacBook Pro destroyed by exploding battery

iPhone fanboys will have you believe that exploding batteries are exclusive to Samsung Galaxy smartphones, but that’s not true. Even Apple devices go bang from time to time — like this 2015 Retina MacBook Pro, which was completely destroyed when its battery catastrophically failed and caught fire. Although it’s a rare occurrence (unless you buy a […]
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