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Aquarium calls out Apple’s incorrect squid emoji

The national nightmare that was “bagelgate” may be over, but Apple is apparently swimming into more controversial emoji territory. This time, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is pointing out that Apple’s

You can now use Siri to check up on your Apple Store orders

You can now use Siri to check up on product availability or the whereabouts of your latest orders, courtesy of the official Apple Store app for iOS. Version 5.2 of the app adds new Siri Shortcuts

Apple’s little-known sleep tracker could get big update soon

The FCC granted its approval for Apple to make a “Sleep Monitor.” This is almost certainly an improved version of the Beddit, a product the company acquired last year. It will apparently join Apple’s

Apple reveals ‘early 2019’ launch for HomePod in China

Apple’s HomePod speaker is finally set to launch in the second-most important market for the iPhone maker. The Chinese version of Apple’s website was updated today announcing that the HomePod will

Get a second iPad Pro USB-C power charger for $29

The 2018 iPad Pro comes with an 18W power adapter. Apple just began selling this as a separate item. Having a second charger for your tablet when you’re on the go is convenient, but Apple’s $29

macOS Mojave 10.14.2 tweaks Apple News, adds Real-Time Text support

September brought macOS Mojave 10.14 with a wide array of new features like Dark Mode. October saw the introduction of version 10.12.1 with Group FaceTime. And today there’s macOS 10.14.2 with… well,

Macworld mag signed by Steve Jobs goes up for auction

A piece of a well-known story about Steve Jobs’ disdain for giving autographs goes on the auction block Thursday. At the 2006 opening of an Apple Store in New York City, the Apple co-founder initially

Google and Amazon plan to copy AirPods in 2019

Apple has a real winner in AirPods. But the company’s slow pace of updating them is reportedly giving competitors a chance to catch up. A respected analyst says Google and Amazon will have their own

Tap into the ancient wisdom of the Apple Watch Breathe app

In today’s fast-paced, connected world, the demands on our time seem endless. We spend much of our day in a state of constant hyperactivity. Apple Watch and iPhone add to the pressure, with their

iOS 12.1.1 is out with improvements for FaceTime and Face ID

Apple has come out with a big new update for iOS 12 today that brings a host of new features and bug fixes to the iPhone and iPad. iOS 12.1.1 is available now as an over-the-air update, adding

iPhone’s Health app helps solve UK murder

A UK pharmacist’s attempt to collect more than $2.5 million in life insurance after murdering his wife was thwarted by Apple’s Health app for iOS. Mitesh Patel strangled his wife, Jessica after five

Apple Store creator tells how disagreeing with Steve Jobs perfected retail

Steve Jobs’ hands-on approach to just about every project at Apple is part of his legend. Ron Johnson, Apple’s first head of retail, offers fascinating detail about Jobs and the work leading up to the

Apple finally starts selling its first iPhone XR case

Apple has finally started selling its first official iPhone XR case, more than a month after the handset made its debut. The Clear Case, which leaked out in October, is made with a “blend of optically

Apple Music could soon be open to businesses

Apple Music could be opened up to businesses to allow streaming in public places. The “Apple Music for Business” trademark was filed for late last month in the U.S. — and in other territories back in

Apple and suppliers suffer a bruising day on stock market

Apple stock took another plunge yesterday, finishing down 4.4 percent. The reason for the fall is continuing concerns about the iPhone, which have caused numerous analysts to downgrade their price

4 ways to boost your tech skills for less than $25 [Deals]

It’s never a bad idea to make yourself more appealing to potential employers. But there are so many skills to learn, from coding, to graphic design, to Excel, and on and on, it can be hard to know

The wait for Tropico on iOS is almost over

Popular construction simulator Tropico finally has a release date for iOS. You’ll be able to play it before the end of the year on your iPad and in 2019 on your iPhone. Pre-order the game today to

Apple’s aborted data center still causing problems in Ireland

Endless delays may have caused Apple to ditch its plans for a giant data center in County Galway in Ireland, but the repercussions are still being felt. Galways’s Supreme Court will sit in March to

Fortnite will get an exciting new Creative Mode in season 7

We’re just a day away from the launch of Fortnite season seven and players have plenty to look forward to. One thing we really weren’t expecting was just revealed in a brand new leak. Fortnite is

Android will have a big advantage over iPhone in 2019

Apple may not be planning to release a 5G iPhone until at least 2020, but don’t expect rival Android handset makers to be willing to hold on for so long. According to Qualcomm president Cristiano