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Siri accidentally overhears more than we realize

It’s been widely reported that voice control systems like Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple Siri use people in their quality-improvement process, not just algorithms. But Siri and others might

Apple’s smart moves start to pay off in India

Apple has a slender percentage of Indian handset sales, but there’s cause for optimism. We spoke with Anshika Jain, an analyst at Counterpoint Research, to see whether the changes Apple has been

Quirky smartphone case frees you from tyranny of the touchscreen

We can press and swipe our way to productivity with the touch screen on a smartphone. But the nerve endings in our fingers still long for the tactile engagement – that click – from pressing a button.

Apple’s big spend on Intel modems is pocket change in Silicon Valley [Opinion]

The $1 billion Apple spent on Intel’s modem business is the second-largest acquisition in the company’s 42-year history. Still, while a huge amount of money by most normal standards, rival tech giants

Finally, iOS 13 can create reminders from Mail

In iOS 13, Reminders can create events from Mail and Safari text, and also add more than one item to a list via Siri. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

5 key things to watch for in Apple’s most boring earnings report of 2019

The most yawn-inducing Apple earnings call of the year is just days away, and Wall Street is eagerly anticipating the results — though maybe for reasons you wouldn’t expect. Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO

Say goodbye to Sprint! T-Mobile merger gets green light

The US Department of Justice just signed off on the biggest telecommunications deal in many years. This was the last real hurdle in the $26 billion merger of Sprint into T-Mobile. The carriers had to

16-inch MacBook Pro details emerge, and the Apple Car lives, this week on The CultCast

This week on The CultCast: A new report gives us a price tag and release date for the upcoming 16-inch MacBook Pro. Then: A new hire signals that the Apple Car is far from dead; and there’s finally a

6 classic Mac games you can enjoy on iOS

With a constant stream of new, console-quality games in the iOS App Store, and subscription gaming service Apple Arcade on the way, there’s arguably never been a better time to be an Apple gamer. Yet

Trump: Apple won’t receive special treatment for Mac Pro parts

President Donald Trump said Friday that Apple will not receive special treatment for Mac Pro components made in China. Apple submitted multiple requests asking the Trump administration to exclude

You’ll be shopping with Apple Card in just a few weeks

The eagerly anticipated Apple Card is set to launch in the first half of August, a new report claims. Apple originally promised a “summer” release for the credit card. Given that summer starts in late

Stay secure and anonymous online with this powerful, discounted VPN [Deals]

When you go online, you face tons of lurking threats to your security and privacy. You also can encounter annoying content restrictions based on your location or IP address. All these problems can be

Apple could start shipping its own 5G modems in 2021

Apple wants to start shipping its own 5G modems as soon as 2021, according to a new report. The news comes after Apple confirmed it is splashing $1 billion to acquire the majority of Intel’s modem

Apple joins Foxconn and Microsoft in $108 billion fund focused on A.I.

Apple has teamed up with investors including Foxconn, Microsoft and… the National Bank of Kazakhstan to participate in a new “technology mega fund.” The $108 billion fund is organized by SoftBank

CBS All Access coming to Apple TV Channels next week

You’ll be able to tune into CBS All Access on Apple TV Channels next week. CBS has confirmed that support for Apple’s new service will be rolled out on Monday, July 29. It’s not yet clear how much it

Apple Music may reduce free trial to just one month

Right from the start, Apple Music offered a three-month trial to new users to try and get them to subscribe. In some cases, this even extended all the way up to a six-month free trial before users

MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar finally comes alive under Windows 10

Your MacBook Pro’s pricey Touch Bar is no longer useless when you’re running Windows 10. A third-party developer has gotten the tiny second screen to work under Microsoft’s operating system. You can

Dump the HDMI cable with IOGear’s SharePro Mini [Review]

IOGear has a simple, wireless replacement for HDMI cables. The SharePro Mini creates its own little Wi-Fi network to stream video between a small transmitter and receiver, connecting your MacBook and

Apple wants to put AR navigation in your car

Apple is exploring ways to build augmented reality into Apple Maps. Rather than top-down views of roads and intersections, the company is considering overlaying route information onto live views of

Apple buys Intel’s phone modem business in $1 billion deal

Apple will pay $1 billion to acquire Intel’s smartphone modem business in a deal that was announced by the two companies this afternoon.. Apple will absorb patents, equipment and about 2,200 Intel