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Microsoft Surface Earbuds won’t challenge AirPods until 2020

Making a serious rival to AirPods is harder than Microsoft thought. It just pushed back the release of Surface Earbuds until well past the holiday shopping season. The news came from Panos Panay, the

Nostalgic AirPods case will take you back to iPod’s glory days

You probably miss your classic iPod — the one with the click Wheel interface — but it’s no longer practical to carry. But accessories company Elago has an iPod-inspired AirPods case that can fill the

Abode Iota becomes first home security system with HomeKit

Abode finally scored HomeKit certification for its Iota home security hub. This allows iPhone and iPad users to arm and disarm the system, get alerts, and access the video feed coming from this

Adobe takes first steps to fix Photoshop for iPad

Adobe says it will soon deliver features and updates to its iPad version of Photoshop. The announcement comes after a buildup of user frustration over the launch earlier this month of Photoshop for

Apple kicks reviews off online store

Just before the holiday shopping season kicks into full swing Apple has decided to make it harder to see reviews of the products it sells online. The Ratings and Reviews section of Apple’s online

Hold down the Option key to unlock Mac’s hidden menu bar actions

Option-clicking the Mac menu bar status menus reveals all kinds of extra tricks and functions. Let’s check out the hidden features. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

Apple Stores trial extended eligibility periods for AppleCare+

Some Apple Stores in the U.S. and Canada are trialling extended eligibility periods for AppleCare+, according to a new report. The trial, which started this week, allows Apple’s extended warranty plan

Trump wants Apple to build US 5G infrastructure

Apple CEO Tim Cook clearly impressed Donald Trump yesterday during their tour of the Mac Pro factory; the president suggested that Apple be involved in rolling out 5G access across the US. And he

Buggy iOS 13 made Apple rethink how it develops software

The challenges Apple has experienced with buggy iOS 13 is causing it to rethink the way it builds and tests operating systems, starting with iOS 14. According to Bloomberg, software boss Craig

Tim Cook: Making iPhones in the US is ‘not on the horizon’ for Apple

Making the iPhone in the United States is “not on the horizon,” Tim Cook said during an interview with ABC News Wednesday. Cook gave the interview while visiting Apple’s Mac Pro factory in Austin,

Steam for iOS lets you join friends on PC for local multiplayer

Gamers using the Steam Link app on iOS can now enjoy multiplayer games with friends who use a PC. Valve’s new Remote Play Together feature, announced last month, is already out of beta and available

Apple display-maker executive fired for embezzling millions of dollars

Apple display-maker Japan Display may be struggling — but one of its executives apparently hasn’t been. The firm revealed today that it fired an accounting executive last year for allegedly embezzling

Wear your tech on your sleeve with these wearable chargers and headphones [Deals]

We take our mobile devices everywhere we go, and that means carrying around earbuds and charging cables. So instead of stuffing our bags and pockets with our accessories, why not accessorize with

No, Trump didn’t open Mac Pro factory yesterday

Fact-checkers are taking issue with President Donald Trump over his claims to have opened a major Apple factory in Texas yesterday. In fact, the Associated Press points out that the factory has been

Apple and Intel file antitrust lawsuit against investment firm that stockpiles patents

Apple and Intel have filed an antitrust lawsuit against Fortress Investment Group, claiming that the investment management group is stockpiling patents. It then allegedly uses these patents to demand

Top Apple analyst spills details on 5G iPhone, antenna challenges

Ever reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that the upcoming 5G iPhones will support both mmWave and sub-6GHz bands. This will allow them to interoperate effectively with 5G cell towers all

Apple CEO shows his strong relationship with Trump during Mac Pro factory tour

President Donald Trump today toured the factory in Texas where the blazing-fast new Mac Pro is being assembled. His tour guide was Apple CEO Tim Cook, further demonstrating the good relationship the

Apple TV+ movie The Banker premiere scrapped amid controversy [Updated]

The Banker, the first Apple TV+ original movie, will miss its world debut this week. Apple pulled the film after allegations of sexual abuse emerged involving Bernard Garrett Jr., the son of one of

OtterBox Strada wraps your iPhone 11 and credit cards in leather [Review]

Combining your iPhone case with your wallet is an easy way to simplify your life. Take the OtterBox Strada for the iPhone 11, which offers slots to hold multiple cards, while also wrapping around the

Gorgeous new iPhone 12 render will blow you away

A new concept device, with an iPhone given an iPad-like makeover, shows what Apple might be planning for 2020. This artist’s render is based on leaked information that the iPhone 12 will borrow some