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Apple highlights the apps and games which ‘shaped entertainment’ this year

Apple has released its year-end lists for the best apps, games, music, movies, TV shows, podcasts and more. Apple’s selections — which it claims “shaped entertainment and culture around the world this

Tim Cook promises Apple ‘won’t give a platform to violent conspiracy theorists’

During his acceptance speech for the Anti-Defamation League’s first ever “Courage Against Hate” award today, Apple CEO Tim Cook made it clear that his company won’t shy away from taking moral

Rupert Grint will get terrified in M. Night Shyamalan’s Apple TV series

One of Rupert Grint’s jobs playing Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter movies was looking terrified whenever appropriate. That might be the reason he’s been hired to be in the TV series M. Night Shyamalan

Apple store adds 10% discount for vets and military

Buying a new iPhone XS just got a lot more affordable for anyone that has served is or is currently surviving in the U.S. Military. Apple revealed today that it has launched a new website that gives a

Get an enhanced Dock replacement for your Mac at half off [Deals]

One thing all Mac users have in common is the Dock. Or so we thought. This customizable dock replacement is the favorite of engineers at Google, Facebook, LinkedIn and other tech heavy hitters. And

iPhone falls ‘flat’ as Chinese smartphones dominate sales

The iPhone turned in a “flat” third quarter while Chinese brands Huawei and Xiaomi droves sales in their home country to grow their shares of the global smartphone market. The smartphone market grew

Dodgy apps use Touch ID/Face ID to rip off users

A pair of fitness applications were found to be tricking users into authorizing financial transactions. They have been removed from the App Store, but stand as examples of something to watch out for.

Tumblr bans all porn after getting removed from App Store

Tumblr made the shocking announcement today that it is kicking all forms of pornography off its platform and Apple’s strict rules could be to blame. Starting on December 17, Tumblr will no longer

Create professional-grade graphics on your iPad and iPhone

This post is presented by Linearity. Graphic design, one of today’s busiest creative industries, can seem inaccessible if you don’t have expensive software and education. Vectornator, a free app that

Why HomePod’s ‘Hey Siri’ will blow you away

Apple pulled back the curtain on some of the most complicated features of its HomePod smart speaker this morning with a new blog post that details the machine learning tech that goes into its ‘Hey

Hear the Grammy nominations first on Apple Music

The Recording Academy is trying something unusual with this year’s Grammy Awards: nominations for some of the categories will be announced via Apple Music. If you’re very eager to find out which

Lower price is most popular Apple Watch feature

Apple continues to put more of its smartwatches on the wrists of customers thanks largely these days to a reduced price on its Series 3 model. Apple sold more than 4 million Apple Watches in the third

Epic sends out icy teaser for Fortnite season 7

Fortnite’s seventh season is just a few days away and fans are ready for another round of big changes to Battle Royale. We’re all hoping for a snowy map makeover for the holidays, and Epic Games has

Samsung slips up with another tweet from iPhone

Samsung has been caught tweeting from an iPhone … again. The South Korean company used an Apple device to publish a message promoting the Galaxy Note 9’s edge-to-edge display. The monumental gaffe led

Apple’s first 5G iPhone won’t arrive until at least 2020

Anyone hoping for a 5G iPhone in 2019 is going to be sorely disappointed, a new report claims. That’s because Apple is supposedly holding off plans to launch a handset on the ultra-fast 5G network

Handwritten Steve Jobs Apple-1 spec sheet up for auction

Steve Jobs was renowned for being hands-on when it came to overseeing Apple’s iconic ad campaigns. But if you really want an Apple ad that had Jobs’ writing all over it, you need to start scouring

2018 MacBook Air owners report poor FaceTime camera quality

Some adopters of the 2018 MacBook Air are reporting poor camera quality during FaceTime calls. Apple’s newest ultraportable has a 720p camera above its display, which should provide HD video capture.

Apple and Qualcomm will face off in court in April

A trial date has been announced for the long-brewing Qualcomm vs. Apple lawsuit. According to a new report, it will take place on April 15, 2019. While Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf recently suggested

iPhone will be spared from China tariffs — for now

President Trump says that the U.S. and China have come to an agreement to hit pause on the escalating trade war between the two countries. Trump’s comments follow on from the G-20 summit in Argentina,

Attendees of the Ellen Show given a free iPhone XR

Apple is literally giving away free units of its iPhone XR handsets. Okay, so that’s not quite as bad as it sounds, but it’s the free gift which met attendees of the latest edition of the Ellen Show.