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Amazon employs thousands of people to listen to Echo recordings

Amazon employs a team made up of thousands of people to listen to recordings made by Echo devices, a new report claims. These recordings are transcribed, annotated, and ultimately used to “help

Apple’s share of global computer market grows

Global shipments of laptops and desktops were on the decline in the first three months of this year, and Apple also saw a drop in Mac shipments. But there is a silver lining: the company did better

Apple throws a wrench in iPhone throttling lawsuit

Apple is asking a judge to boot the lead attorneys in a class action suit that accuses the iPhone maker of throttling older phones to force users to buy new handsets. Apple claims opposing counsel

YouTube TV costs App Store subscribers extra

The monthly YouTube TV subscription fee is going up to $49.99. And it will be even higher for those who pay for this streaming video service via the Apple App Store. This is apparently YouTube’s way

How to restart your Apple TV without leaving the couch

Sick of getting up off the couch to unplug your Apple TV? Good news, lazy bones! Here are two other ways to restart your Apple TV without burning a single calorie. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture

Apple teams up with NHL stars for new ‘Shot on iPhone XS’ ad

Two of the biggest stars of the NHL teamed up with Apple for the company’s latest ‘Shot on iPhone XS’ ad. Toronto Maple Leafs Auston Matthews steps behind the lens in the new ad that shows what a

Atom Piano Roll is an iOS MIDI-lover’s dream

Atom is a slick, powerful, and extremely clever MIDI piano roll app for the iPad. It’s also an Audio Unit, so you can use it in whatever app you like. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an

Apple will pay out $485 million for Texture

Apple’s total purchase price for Texture will come in at just under half a billion dollars, according to a new report that reveals details of the acquisition. Texture, an online magazine subscription

Inside Apple’s factories [Cook book outtakes]

This post was going to be part of my new book, Tim Cook: The Genius Who Took Apple to the Next Level, but was cut for length or continuity. Over the next week or so, we will be publishing several more

Major macOS upgrade will bring new Music, Podcasts and TV apps

Evidence of Apple’s plan to break up iTunes has been uncovered ahead of the next major macOS update. Icons for new Podcasts and TV apps have leaked out early. They’re expected to be accompanied by a

New Apple Music docuseries charts the rise of Wiz Khalifa

Wiz Khalifa is the latest rapper to receive the documentary treatment courtesy of Apple Music. Wiz Khalifa: Behind the Cam is set to debut this month on Apple’s streaming music platform. The

Rare Apple WALT prototype combines phone and fax machine

Apple had plans to deliver a phone long before Steve Jobs took to the stage of Macworld 2007 to show off the iPhone. Around 14 years earlier, the company previewed a prototype device called the Wizzy

Major bank downgrades Apple for being late to subscription game

Apple is moving full speed ahead with its Services division, but is it too late for it to catch up with rivals? That’s what analysts at major bank HSBC are concerned about. As a result, they’ve

Use music to stay productive and peaceful [Deals]

Music does many things: It soothes, it inspires, it excites, it distracts. But music also can be made into an instrument for staying on task, reducing stress and producing other productive and healthy

Prince Harry teams with Oprah for Apple TV+ show

Just when you think that Apple can’t get any bigger names for its TV+ service, it surprises you! Today, it was revealed that the U.K.’s Prince Harry, a.k.a the Duke of Sussex, has partnered with Oprah

Apple will open up iPhone’s NFC tech for Brexit app

Apple has reportedly agreed to open up its NFC capabilities on the iPhone for a U.K. government app. This Brexit app will help EU citizens apply for residency in the U.K. after it leaves the European

Get ready to crush Apple Watch’s Earth Day Activity Challenge

Information discovered by an Apple Watch enthusiast apparently confirms an upcoming Apple Watch Earth Day Activity Challenge set for April 22. Get ready to break a sweat in the great outdoors on Earth

Fortnite 8.30 brings new Reboot Van, still disappoints

Fortnite just returned from downtime as Epic Games rolled out its latest update. Version 8.30 introduces the new Reboot Van for the first time, alongside a long list of bug fixes and improvements. The

Latest Apple Watch ad focuses on colorful swappable bands

Several generations down the line, the Apple Watch has seemingly found its chief selling point as a life-saving health-focused wearable. But that doesn’t mean that there’s not room for a bit of fun,

Apple Music in China caught censoring songs about Tiananmen Massacre

The 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre is coming up this June, but you won’t hear anything about it on Apple Music. Chinese journalists recently discovered that Apple Music’s Chinese