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Coronavirus forces Foxconn to keep closed all iPhone assembly plants in China

Foxconn reportedly won‘t be able to resume iPhone assembly on Monday. Its plants in China where Apple handsets are put together have been closed since before the Lunar New Year to prevent the spread

You should check your Apple Watch trends now [Cult of Mac Magazine 335]

A new feature in the Activity app offers deep insights into progress you’re making on your personal fitness goals. Find out how to check your Activity Trends and decipher all that delicious workout

Save on a trio of extra tough, extra long Lightning cables [Deals]

Lightning cables are the lifelines for our iOS devices. Too bad they’re so prone to fraying and breaking. That makes having a backup a must, even better when you can get three, and better still when

iPadOS 13.4 lets you (finally) use a PC keyboard with your iPad

At last! iOS 13.4 beta adds a useful panel to remap an iPad keyboard, moving around the Command, Option and other modifier keys. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

Big macOS leak hints at future switch to AMD chips

Could Apple be preparing to make a surprise switch to AMD processors in a future Mac? References to a number of new AMD APUs have been spotted in the latest macOS 10.15.4 beta, which rolled out to

Expect to wait until March for some custom-made Macs

Some Macs ordered today from the Apple Store with any set of features beyond the base configuration won’t arrive for over a month. For example, the wait for a made-to-order 16-inch MacBook Pro

Kick the ball around on Charrua Soccer on Apple Arcade

Charrua Soccer promises to be easy to pick up and enjoy, but also offer deep gameplay. This new addition to Apple Arcade has a retro style, harking back to classic games. Charrua Soccer… or football.

WhatsApp’s long-awaited dark mode finally on its way to iPhone

Being blinded by WhatsApp’s bright white interface when replying to a late-night text will soon be a thing of the past. The messaging app’s long-awaited dark mode is finally on its way to iPhone. Beta

Coronavirus keeps China’s Apple Stores shuttered into next week

Apple Stores across China will remain closed into next week amid the growing coronavirus crisis. All 42 stores were closed this week because of the outbreak but were scheduled to open Feb. 10. In a

Bernie Sanders tops list for most donations from Apple employees

Big Tech employees are feeling the Bern as the U.S. presidential primary season shifts into full gear. New fundraising data disclosed this week reveals that Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has raised more

ViacomCBS readies new streaming service to compete with Netflix and Apple TV+

Apple TV+ is about to get even more competition in the form of a new streaming service currently in development by ViacomCBS. Now that the Viacom and CBS merger was approved at the end of 2019, a new

Feds buy smartphone location data to track undocumented immigrants

Location-tracking software purchased by advertisers to better understand customers is now a tool employed by the federal government to target undocumented immigrants. Homeland security and immigration

XFL official app launches day before Vince McMahon’s football league kicks off

XFL, the football league founded by WWE chairman Vince McMahon, is coming back to screens nearly 20 years after its disastrous first iteration — and there’s an official app to prove it. The eight-team

Crash Bandicoot is getting his first new mobile game in 10 years

Beloved Sony PlayStation mascot Crash Bandicoot is coming to mobile with a brand new game, according to screenshots which have shown up online. Developed by King, Crash Bandicoot Mobile is an endless

iPhone-maker shuts down Shenzhen facilities amid coronavirus crisis

The Chinese company that assembles most of the world’s iPhones has ordered employees in one region of the country not to return to work next week to prevent further spread of the deadly coronavirus.

Judge slams ‘dumb’ FCC in iPhone radiation lawsuit; case moves to trial

U.S. District Judge William Alsup allowed a proposed class-action lawsuit against Apple over allegedly exposing iPhone owners to high levels of radiofrequency radiation to move forward Thursday.

France fines Apple $27 million for iPhone ‘throttling’ controversy

Apple has been fined 25 million euros ($27.4 million) in France after being found guilty of intentionally throttling the speed of older iPhones with previous software updates for iOS. In 2018, Apple

Add Adobe Creative Cloud to your professional skill set [Deals]

If you work in the digital marketplace, it pays to know how to use Adobe Creative Cloud. This suite of apps includes the industry standard apps for digital graphic design, photography publishing,

Apple boots smelters and refiners in crackdown on conflict minerals

As part of ongoing efforts to cut down on the use of conflict minerals, Apple removed 18 smelters and refiners from its supply chain last year. Apple removed companies unwilling to submit to

The new iOS 13.4 beta just leaked ALL SORTS of stuff … Catch the juicy details, on The CultCast

This week on The CultCast: The new iOS 13.4 beta just leaked new hardware, new iPhone features and MORE. We’ll share aaaaall the juicy details. Plus: How your iPhone might soon replace your car keys;