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Alexa Guard turns Echo speakers into home security monitors

Your Amazon Echo speaker can now keep an eye on your home while you’re away. A new feature called Alexa Guard lets your speaker listen for signs of danger while you’re out. If your speaker has a

WhatsApp users must update now to avoid spyware attacks

WhatsApp users must update to the latest version of the app to avoid be infected by malicious software. A security flaw in the popular messaging client allows the Pegasus spyware to be installed on

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars updated for latest iOS devices

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars now plays nicely with modern iOS devices. Rockstar’s mobile hit is the fourth in the GTA franchise to add support for iPhone and iPad variants with edge-to-edge

Apple reveals NFC sticker support for Apple Pay

NFC support on the iPhone is about to get a lot more advanced real soon. Apple revealed today that it is adding support for NFC stickers and tags that trigger Apple Pay for payment even if you don’t

Samsung brings Apple TV app to compatible Smart TVs

Samsung has started rolling out the new Apple TV app on compatible Smart TVs. The app gives users access to all their iTunes content as well as Apple’s upcoming TV+ subscription service. You’ll need

Clothing brand LRG becomes Apple Music’s latest tastemaker

Apple Music enlisted clothing company LRG to become the latest company to handpick songs for a new set of curated playlists. LRG, short for Lifted Research Group, became popular for its street wear

Fortnite to get ‘undo purchase’ option, health bar tweaks

Epic Games has confirmed some of the changes and improvements it has planned for Fortnite following the launch of season nine. Battle Royale players will soon see tweaks to the in-game health and

Why app subscriptions are taking over (and how to cope) [Video]

App subscriptions can leave you feeling frustrated or discouraged about trying new things. But in the end, they can be great for everyone. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

Apple’s new TV app arrives with iOS 12.3

Apple’s updated TV app is finally ready for the public to dive into. iOS 12.3 was released to the public today, adding the new Apple TV app to iPhones and iPads as Apple prepares to launch its

Supreme Court sides against Apple in big antitrust case

A lawsuit targeting Apple and the App Store will be allowed to proceed, the U.S. Supreme Court has decided. The case involves whether or customers technically buy apps from Apple, or whether Apple is

Apple share price hit by renewed China trade tensions

Concerns about the U.S.’s trading relationship with China is hitting Apple shares. AAPL’s share price has been steadily sliding since President Donald Trump took to Twitter to talk trading tariffs.

Google ad blasts iPhones for being more expensive than Pixel 3a

Banner ads showcasing Google’s new Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL handsets pit them against Apple’s iPhone X series devices. The banner ads, which are appearing on a number of billboards around the U.S.,

Make yourself an expert in Microsoft Excel [Deals]

There are few applications more common to the modern workplace than Microsoft Excel. So no matter your industry, if you’re looking to boost your resume and skill set, Excel a great place to start. For

New 2019 iPhone leak hints at extra camera lenses (again)

Leaked molds of this year’s iPhone lineup again hint at big camera upgrades for all three models. The molds reaffirm renders recently published by a number of tipsters. Here’s what they tell us about

Apple Card’s colorful packaging revealed ahead of launch

New photos reveal how Apple Card will be presented to consumers when it starts reaching early adopters this summer. It’s the first time we’ve seen the titanium Card’s fancy packaging since it was

iPhone XR ads find smart ways of selling privacy and battery life

Apple’s latest iPhone XR ads focus on the superior battery life and privacy features of its more affordable (kind of!) iPhone. Titled “Up Late” and “Inside Joke,” the two ads are just half a minute

Qualcomm executives get big bonuses after settling with Apple

Qualcomm’s top executives received massive bonuses after settling the company’s raging legal battle with Apple. The bonuses were revealed in an SEC filing. They included a stock bonuses worth $3.5

Pro-level keyboard case nearly turns iPad Pro into a touchscreen MacBook [Review]

Since the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is faster than the 13-inch MacBook Pro, the tablet is serious competition for Apple’s notebooks. Its design offers many advantages over a notebook, but most people demand

2020 iPhone should get a boost from TSMC’s cutting-edge 5nm processors

The company that makes all Apple’s chips is nearly ready to make 5 nanometer processors, down from the 7nm ones it’s manufacturing now. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company’s innovation

Score a smart cable that charges devices safely [Deals]

The standard Lightning cable comes with a number of shortcomings. It’s short in length, vulnerable to nicks or fraying, and can’t keep track of what its charging or when it’s done. This extra long