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Electric car boom prompts Apple to get serious about securing cobalt

Electric car boom prompts Apple to get serious about securing cobalt

Lithium-ion batteries needed in all sorts of electronics use cobalt.
Apple’s HomePod: Paying $350 for a speaker that says “no” this much is tough

Apple’s HomePod: Paying $350 for a speaker that says “no” this much is tough

Apple's first smart speaker feels exclusively designed for its most ardent fans.
Fast talker: Alexa may offer speedier answers with Amazon-made AI chips

Fast talker: Alexa may offer speedier answers with Amazon-made AI chips

Amazon wants to lessen Alexa's dependence on the cloud for its responses.
Reddit audiophiles test HomePod, say it sounds better than $1,000 speaker

Reddit audiophiles test HomePod, say it sounds better than $1,000 speaker

In-depth test says $350 speaker has a "near-perfectly flat frequency response."
Apple’s iOS 12 strategy: Take more time to squash the bugs

Apple’s iOS 12 strategy: Take more time to squash the bugs

New Animoji and other features to come in the fall release, but others must wait.
Leak of iBoot code to GitHub could potentially help iPhone jailbreakers [Updated]

Leak of iBoot code to GitHub could potentially help iPhone jailbreakers [Updated]

Apple confirms code was real in DMCA filing with GitHub; code already in circulation.
How will new iPhones manage power? Apple’s response to senator raises questions

How will new iPhones manage power? Apple’s response to senator raises questions

Apple is also exploring options for those who paid full price for new batteries.
Apple clarifies which audio sources are supported on HomePod speakers

Apple clarifies which audio sources are supported on HomePod speakers

Unsurprisingly, HomePod favors those who get all their music from Apple.
Reports allege Apple making fewer iPhone Xs due to weak demand

Reports allege Apple making fewer iPhone Xs due to weak demand

Thursday's earning report may tell us more about iPhone X sales so far.
Walmart joins, well, most of its competitors in selling e-books

Walmart joins, well, most of its competitors in selling e-books

Kobo e-books, audiobooks, and e-readers are coming to Walmart stores.
Apple’s Siri-equipped HomePod comes to your home on February 9

Apple’s Siri-equipped HomePod comes to your home on February 9

Preorders for the $349 device begin Friday, January 26 for US, UK, and Australia.
Apple will give users the option to control their own battery’s destiny

Apple will give users the option to control their own battery’s destiny

Battery health will be much easier to understand in future iOS software updates.
Apple to pay $38 billion in US taxes on overseas cash

Apple to pay $38 billion in US taxes on overseas cash

Republican tax bill will save Apple tens of billions in taxes on overseas cash.