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Apple proposes nine new accessibility emojis

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 16:22

Apple has proposed nine new emoji to the Unicode consortium for inclusion in the standard set of images. If accepted, they will appear Emoji 12.0, which is scheduled for release early in 2019. 

In itself, that’s not a big deal, but Apple’s focus here is laudable. All nine emoji are aimed at better representation for people with disabilities. Apple makes its intentions clear in its proposal letter to the Unicode Consortium.

One in seven people around the world has some form of disability, whether that be a physical disability involving vision, hearing, or loss of physical motor skills, or a more hidden, invisible disability. The current selection of emoji provides a wide array of representations of people, activities, and objects meaningful to the general public, but very few speak to the life experiences of those with disabilities.

The new emoji would represent some of the most common disabilities. They are:

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Report: Apple is working on a foldable iPhone for 2020

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 14:21

Remember #Bendgate? When buyers of the iPhone 6 Plus found that a thin aluminum phone can warp under stress? Well, if a Wall Street analyst is to be believed, Apple is working to produce an iPhone you’re supposed to bend.

CNBC has reported that Apple intends to introduce a radically new iPhone in 2020. It is based on a report from Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst Wamsi Mohan, which says:

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Save over $1,000 on a 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro with free AppleCare+

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 13:57

You rarely see the AppleCare+ protection plan included with deals on Apple products, but that’s exactly what B&H is including with its latest sale of the previous-generation 15.4-inch 2.9GHz MacBook Pro with Touch Bar with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. Even better, the free AppleCare+ plan keeps you protected for three years. Right there, that's a savings of $379.

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Amazon's best smart speaker, Echo Show, is $150 off when you buy two

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 10:21

An Amazon Echo with Alexa can infuse your home with information, entertainment, and smart hub capabilities, all controllable by your voice. The most feature-packed Echo usually costs a pretty penny, but Amazon’s running a deal where if you buy two Echo Shows, it’ll knock $150 off the total. Putting a pair in your cart should automatically apply the discount.

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A budget MacBook is coming, but it reportedly won't debut at Apple’s ‘Field Trip’ event

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 10:20

With just days to go until Apple takes the stage at a school auditorium in Chicago for its next event, Bloomberg is spilling the beans on what’s going to be announced. According to the site’s well-placed sources, a cheaper iPad is on the way but a new MacBook Air probably isn’t.

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman says that the event will predictively focus on education-related news, with a cheaper 9.7-inch iPad leading the way. Apple released the current non-Pro iPad last March with a retina screen and a price tag of $329. Gurman doesn’t say if the new model will bring any design changes, but presumably there will be internal upgrades to the processor and other specs.

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A backpack with a USB charge port and a free Lightning cable is on sale for under $20

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 09:54

If you’ve got a laptop, one key piece of gear you’ll need is a bag to carry it in. Today, an Amazon third-party marketplace seller is offering a backpack with built-in charging port for $18.90. This item usually sells for about $26 so you’re saving $7 or so. A sub-$20 price tag for a solid backpack with USB charging is a handy deal even if it’s not a massive drop from the normal price.

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Get an Apple Watch Series 1 for as low as $179 at Best Buy

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 14:12

Want an Apple Watch? If you’re willing to pick up the Series 1 rather than the latest models, Best Buy is selling the 38mm Series 1 Apple Watch for just $179. That’s a full $70 off of the $279 it normally sells for. You can also save 70 bucks on the 42mm Series 1 Apple Watch, which brings the price down to an agreeable $209.

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Google Assistant's new voice command sends money to your contacts

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 11:26
On the heels of its Shopping Actions program that encourages stores to use Assistant to sell stuff, Google has unveiled a new way to send money to your friends using Google Assistant.

Keep all your devices alive with this 7-port charging station for 25% off

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 10:19

Charging docks help keep your devices powered up and organized in a single, convenient place. If you want one charger to rule all your gear, Amazon is selling a Unitek 7-port USB charging station for $30 right now, or about 25 percent off its average price.

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Macworld’s April digital magazine: Apple HomePod review

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 18:27

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld digital magazine.

In the April issue

This month, read our review of Apple’s HomePod. It sounds great, but find out why it feels unfinished. We tell you what Apple needs to do to improve Siri, its voice-activated digital assistant. Plus, see our list of the ten iOS and Mac games that you should be playing right now. 

Also in this month’s issue:

• MacUser: 4 tidbits we learned from Apple’s record quarterly results

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WSJ: Jimmy Iovine to step away from Apple Music in August

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 14:37

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple Music exec and famous music producer Jimmy Iovine will transition to a “consulting role” in August, giving up his day-to-day work with the music streaming business. The WSJ report claims that Iovine has told people close to him that he plans to, “spend more time with his family while supporting Apple Senior Vice President Eddy Cue, who oversees Apple Music, as needed.”

We first reported this back in January, along with a number of other sites. Those reports were met with statements from Iovine that he planned to stay with Apple Music as long as he is needed. He told Variety, “The bottom line is I’m loyal to the guys at Apple. I love Apple, and I really love musicians. That’s why those articles annoyed me, because it had nothing to do with reality. It made it out to be all about money.”

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Save $200 on new iMacs at Best Buy today

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 12:37

On Tuesday, Best Buy was all about the number 300, as it cut the price on MacBook Airs by 300 bucks. For Wednesday, it’s cutting $200 off of a wide range of the most recent iMac models. That means you can pick up one of Apple’s all-in-one desktop units for as little as $899.99, which is a number we rarely see paired with the words "new iMac."

We consider the $900 iMac the star of the show. For that price you get a superb silver 21.5-inch iMac with a 1TB hard drive and 8GB of memory, all of which is powered by a 2.3GHz Intel i5 chip. Want more processor speed? You can also buy a 3.0GHz version for $1,100 and a 3.4GHz version for $1,300. In both cases you’ll still be saving $200.

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Apple’s annual spring Apple Watch band refresh brings stripes, accents, and loops

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 11:14

Even if the weather isn’t cooperating, Apple is ready for spring with a new slate of Watch bands in bright new colors and designs to chase away the winter blues. Some two dozen new bands will be available later this month either as part of a new Apple Watch purchase or as an add-on accessory.

Apple hasn’t said whether any colors will be retired as a result of the new models, but several of the new colors seem to be variations on ones that are already available. For example, there’s a new Lemonade Sport Band, which looks very much like the current Flash model. All said, there will be 22 new sport, woven nylon, classic buckle, and loop bands that will join the hundreds of band-case combinations that are already available, as well as standalone availability of the Nike Sport Loop and four new Hermes models that now display contrasting accent details.

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This Bluetooth wireless headset deal lets you free your hands for 30% off

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 10:34

Wireless headsets help you stay connected without having to use your hands. They’re especially convenient for conversing on the go. If you’re looking to try one out, Amazon is offering the WSCR Bluetooth wireless headset for just $14.28, which is more than 30 percent off its average price.

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Fortnite vs. PUBG on iOS—The battle of the battles royale: Apple Arcade episode 3

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 17:37

At this point two weeks ago, neither Fortnite: Battle Royale nor PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds were on the iPhone or iPad in the U.S., but now both wildly popular games are fighting for our attention and downloads. Join us on Tuesday for our Apple Arcade show at 11 a.m. Pacific when we’ll play both games live and decide which one we love the most.

As you may recall, we’ve already played a bit of the beta for Fortnite: Battle Royale on iPad and iPhone and shared our impressions of the experience (along with some footage). On Tuesday, we’ll play both Fortnite and PUBG back-to-back and see in real-time how their controls and performance compare.

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Save $100 on select 10.5-inch iPad Pros with Wi-Fi at Best Buy

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 12:51

Best Buy has been offering quite a few “best buys” on iPads lately, and the retailer is back on its kick again, this time by offering a $100 discount on select 10.5-inch iPad Pro models with Wi-Fi for a limited time.

The best deals center on the 256GB and 512GB models, and you’ll get free shipping on all of them.

With one exception, you’ll even be able to choose from all of the standard colors, which tends to be a rarity with these types of sales. That means you can pick up the latest 256GB 10.5-inch iPad Pro in space gray, rose gold, silver, or gold for just $700, down from $800.

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Charge your new iPhone X or Galaxy S9 without plugging it in for just $11

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 10:33

If you have a new iPhone X or Galaxy S9 and you're tired of plugging it in every night, you can stop the madness by putting a wireless charger on your nightstand. And Amazon just so happens to have a great deal on one right now.

JETech’s wireless charging pad is available on Amazon for $10.99 while supplies last. That’s just shy of 25 percent off the regular price and a buck off its all-time lowest of $10 according to CamelCamelCamel. Though we haven’t tested this charging pad ourselves, more than 3,000 users give it an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

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Apple’s next big display innovation could be microscopically small

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 09:59

Apple’s devices might have some of the best displays on the planet, but according to a new report, there could be a big change on the horizon. Well, technically a big small change.

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman is reporting that Apple is developing its own MicroLED screens for future Apple Watches and iPhones that would make them thinner, brighter, and more energy efficient. The report says Apple Watch would receive the new displays first, followed by iPhone, but the advancements are still likely years away.

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iOS 11.3: Beta 6 has been released to developers and public beta testers

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 17:01

Updated 03/16/18: Apple has released Beta 6 to developers and public beta testers.

Hot on the heels of iOS 11.2.5, which brought HomePod support, Siri news, and a fix for the Messages text bomb, Apple has started to release betas of iOS 11.3. And it’s going to have some pretty cool features on board, including the one we’ve all been waiting for: a toggle for CPU throttling on phones with old batteries.

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Logitech's backlit Create keyboard case for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is 42% off on Amazon

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 14:23

Apple's own Smart Keyboard for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is a pricey $149, and if that's too much to handle for you, you might want to pick up Logitech's Create keyboard case for Apple's 9.7-inch high-powered tablet. Right now the black version is on sale for just $76 on Amazon, down from its usual price of $130. That's the best price we've ever seen it at.

Much like the Smart Keyboard, the device connects with the iPad Pro's smart connector so you'll never need to charge the keyboard itself so long as it's with the iPad. The Create is also packed with shortcuts for handy iOS adjustments such as screen brightness and volume controls, and it even comes with a fabric holder for your Apple Pencil. Best of all, it's got backlit keys. Apple's model doesn't. It's also available in blue or plum, but only the black model is heavily discounted.

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