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iPad Pro’s winning redesign takes sting out of iPhone slump

iPad shipments grew by double digits last quarter, giving Apple its best holiday period for tablet sales since 2015. Shipments of slates and 2-in-1s had dropped earlier in the year, but analysts

New iRig Micro Amp is a tiny guitar amp for your iPad

Remember the iLoud? It’s a fantastic portable Bluetooth speaker that can also be used as a kind of crappy audio interface to plug guitars into iPads. Well, iLoud-maker IK Multimedia finally come up

Apple’s big glass cube set to light up Fifth Avenue soon

The most iconic Apple store in the world is finally getting ready to reopen its doors. Apple’s glass cube store on Fifth Avenue in New York City has been temporarily closed for over two years, but

Qualcomm wants Apple to pay dearly for selling iPhones in Germany

Qualcomm is revving up its legal battle with Apple. In a new court filing in Munich, Qualcomm demanded “significant fines” be put on the iPhone-maker for not complying with a previous court order.

Fortnite’s Showtime challenges earn you Marshmello rewards

Fortnite players can now start earning exclusive new Marshmello rewards ahead of the artist’s in-game concert on February 2. There are four altogether, but sadly the Marshmello model that leaked in

Crazy-cheap iPhone SE pops up in Apple clearance store again

Apple seemingly scrapped plans for an iPhone SE 2, but there’s good news for fans of Apple’s 4-inch handset. For the third time this month, Apple is offering brand-new, unlocked models of the iPhone

Apple lines up supplier for 2019’s iPad mini refresh

Compal Electronics will be the primary supplier of the next-generation iPad mini, which is expected to launch sometime this year, according to a new report. The manufacturer is in the process of

Zuckerberg explains benefits of WhatsApp, Instagram, Messenger merger

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has confirmed plans to merge WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger — but says it probably won’t happen until 2020 at the earliest. In a fourth-quarter earnings call

Get the help of a CPA and make filing taxes easier with Visor [Deals]

The average American spends about 13 hours each year dealing with taxes. That’s a lot of work to get money you’ve already earned. For years the options were either fork over money to a tax advisor, or

Foxconn will fulfill promise to create thousands of jobs in Wisconsin

Apple supplier Foxconn may be rethinking its U.S. manufacturing plans in Wisconsin, but the Taiwan-based company wants people to know it’s serious about delivering the jobs it promised. Responding to

Nintendo delays its very first Mario Kart game for mobile

You’ll have to wait longer to get your hands on the very first Mario Kart game for Android and iOS. Nintendo has confirmed that the launch of Mario Kart Tour has been pushed back to this summer. The

Federation Square officials try again to make Melbourne Apple Store a reality

A fresh attempt is being made to demolish Federation Square’s Yarra Building in Melbourne, Australia to free up space for a proposed flagship Apple Store. The application has been made by the square’s

New York’s Attorney General wants answers about FaceTime bug

New York Attorney General Letitia James has said that her office is launching an investigation into Apple’s failure to warn customers about its FaceTime bug, which let people eavesdrop on other

Apple might bring dark mode to iOS 13

One of the hottest features in macOS Mojave could make the jump to iOS soon: Dark mode is reportedly coming in the update expected this fall. In addition, iPads running iOS 13 could get significant

Samsung holiday sales beat iPhone for first time in years

Apple’s last quarter was so bad the company broke its long-running streak of outselling Samsung during the holiday gift season. Going back for several years, the maker of the Galaxy line of Android

GoodReader 5 brings split-screen documents to iPad

The latest version of GoodReader enables iPad users to view two documents side-by-side. It also offers a long list of improvements to its built-in PDF viewer and methods for securing files. This iOS

3D laser camera could make 2020 iPhones AR machines

The 3D sensing capabilities on the iPhone are set to get a big upgrade in 2020, according to a new report. Apple is supposedly planning to add a laser-based 3D camera system to the 2020 iPhone lineup

Google pulls ‘research’ iOS app and issues apology to Apple

Apple may have another tech giant to deal with over an iOS app that bypasses the App Store and Cupertino’s strict developer terms. Until late today, Google ran a research app that monitored and

How to place and receive phone calls on iPad

Your iPad can be used to make and receive phone calls and free-bubble text messages. Here’s how to set it all up. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

Use this Mac DVD ripper to back up and decrypt DVDs [Giveaway]

This post is presented by Digiarty Software. There are plenty of reasons to digitize your aging DVD library. One is that, at this point, those discs are probably just gathering dust. Moving that