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Ableton puts a synth inside your browser

Finally, Ableton on the iPad! Almost. Learning Synths is an interactive synth that runs inside Safari. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

Apple adds ARM’s lead CPU architect to chip team

One of the top CPU architects in the world has joined Apple’s chip team. Mike Filippo, who created some of ARM’s most impressive CPUs over the last few years, was hired last month by Apple, signifying

Apple pours billions more into controversial stock buybacks

Apple’s stock buybacks in Q1 totaled more than any other S&P 500 company by a wide margin. The iPhone maker poured $23.8 billion into purchasing its own shares, more than it has ever done before.

LGBTQ employees want Google kicked out of SF Pride parade

Some of Google’s LGBTQ+ employees have petitioned the San Francisco Pride board of directors to kick the search engine giant out of the SF Pride parade slated for this weekend. The Google employees

Samsung may already be working on a second Galaxy Fold

Samsung is yet to iron out the teething troubles it has suffered with the Galaxy Fold. But that hasn’t stopped the South Korean company from diving head first into developing a sequel. A new rumor

Your Apple Watch could soon remind you to eat healthier, relax more

Leading digital health company Livongo is working on developing new tools for Apple Watch and other wearables to help users live healthier lives. The company’s new tools will help provide users with

iPad magician breaks new ground with robot assistant

We’ve seen magician Simon Pierro do things with an iPad that would amaze the smartest of Apple’s engineers. Now he has a robot called Pepper in on the act. Like all magicians, Pierro will not explain

Save big on four awesome Mac apps [Deals]

We’ve always got great deals on gear, gadgets and apps. But sometimes they stack up, so we get to share them all at once. That’s what happened with these four Mac apps – Luminar 3, MacX DVD Ripper,

End in sight for damaging trade war with China

The burgeoning trade war with China has caused Apple no end of headaches. But an end could be in sight, according to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Speaking with CNBC, Mnuchin said that the U.S.

Oppo reveals world’s first ‘Under-screen Camera’ for smartphones

Oppo’s efforts to eliminate the notch have led to the world’s first selfie camera that sits under your smartphone’s screen. The new technology, which was showcased to the public at MWC Shanghai this

Intel is auctioning off its massive 5G modem tech portfolio

Having gotten out of the 5G smartphone modem game, Intel is auctioning off its IP related to cellular wireless technology. In total, a massive 8,500 assets will be up for auction. Intel made the call

Apple News will guide you through the first 2020 Democrat debate

Apple has launched a special guide section for Apple News, featuring coverage of 20 Democratic candidates in the lead-up to the 2020 U.S. Elections. The section of the app curates content from a

Apple Pay arrives in Greece, Portugal, and other new countries

Update: Apple Pay launched in a total of 13 markets today. The full list includes Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, and

Read 20% faster with this easy speed-reading tool [Deals]

Everybody’s quick to read through our many social feeds. But when it comes to reading more substantial things like articles or books plenty of us could use a speed boost. BeeLine Reader offers a handy

HiRise Wireless charger is a useful work of art [Review]

The HiRise Wireless manages a rare feat: it’s both useful and attractive. This charger holds your iPhone up at an angle where the screen can be easily seen. And a removable core allows this accessory

Apple hires top Drive.ai talent as self-driving startup shuts down

Self-driving car startup Drive.ai is reportedly shutting down — and Apple is scooping up the talent. Drive.ai, which made kits that turn regular cars into self-driving cars, notified the Employment

OWC launches fastest USB-C SSD drive ever built

OWC makes an eye-opening claim about the Envoy Pro Ex: the company claims its latest solid-state drive is faster than any rival with a USB-C connection. In addition, the portable drive can stand up to

Elevate your carry style with this roomy roll-top backpack [Review]

Moshi passed a critical first test as I opened up the box containing a review unit of its new roll-top backpack the company calls Captus. My wife liked the looks of it. Over the years, she has seen me

iWork apps for iOS and Mac get a massive update

Apple’s suite of iWork productivity apps received a big batch of updates today for both the Mac and iOS versions. Keynote, Numbers and Pages for the two platforms added a bunch of new features. The

Take a glimpse at the tech-obsessed mutants of the future

Some people were freaked out by the recent report that phone overuse causes spikes to grow on people’s skulls. Well, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. A group of experts created a 3D model showing changes