Apple’s always-listening HomePod mics can be muted

New icons unearthed in the latest iOS 11.2.5 developer build suggest you can disable the always-listening microphones on Apple’s HomePod speaker. Apple had never explicitly listed that as a feature of its delayed smart speaker, even though it’s standard fare on speakers offered by category leaders Amazon and Google (and even Sonos). The discovery was first announced by Filipe Espósito on Twitter (via 9to5Mac). While […]

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Apple stores are slammed

Apple retail stores are struggling to handle a surge of customers looking to reinvigorate their iPhones with a special battery replacement procedure. Apple sharply reduced the price for a fresh battery following the revelation that it was purposely slowing performance of iPhones with older batteries. In the weeks since then, a never-ending parade of iPhone-bearing customers has swept through Apple […]

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There is a 40% chance Apple will acquire Netflix

There is a 40% likelihood that Apple will acquire Netflix now that US President Trump’s corporate tax cut has been passed, according to Citi analysts Jim Suva and Asiya Merchant. The cut in corporate taxes, along with a one-time allowance for companies to repatriate cash stored overseas without a major tax hit, will give Apple a much larger cash warchest to buy new companies. Apple has […]

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New Apple iOS 11 Release Has A Nasty Surprise

Apple iOS 11 is at it again. Following the release of iOS 11.1.1 earlier this month specifically to fix a bizarre typing bug, it turns out that its successor one week later only made things worse. And Apple has now confirmed this nasty surprise… ‘Great Secret Features’ and ‘Nasty Surprises’ are my regular columns investigating operating system updates for the best features […]

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Apple And GE Partner To Bring Industrial Software To The iPhone

General Electric announced a partnership with Apple on Wednesday to bring its industrial software closer to iOS devices. A new version of GE’s industrial software, Predix, will soon be available for developers to build apps natively in iOS. Predix collects and analyzing the huge amounts of data coming off big industrial systems like wind turbines, power plants, oil rigs and rail lines. The software serves […]

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