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Tim Cook slams alleged rift with Jony Ive as ‘absurd’

Apple CEO Tim Cook is firing back on a report that surfaced over the weekend claiming design boss Jony Ive drifted away from the company. Ive allegedly stopped coming into Apple HQ as frequently once

Unique iPhone battery case charges AirPods, too

People who carry their iPhone and AirPods everywhere might really use the Power1. Not only does this battery case charge the handset, it includes a built-in AirPods charging case. It’s just been fully

iOS 13 lets you strip location data when sharing photos

iOS 13 and iPadOS let you strip sensitive location data from your photos when you share them. You can also choose to send iCloud links in place of photos. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through

AirPods top Galaxy Buds in new water test

Apple’s wireless earbuds face some new competition from Samsung’s cheaper Galaxy Buds, but a new water-damage test shows the cheaper price tag comes at a cost. Neither AirPods or Galaxy Buds boast

Australian cricket team depends on Apple Watch for max performance

The Australian Women’s Cricket Team uses Apple Watches to optimize their training and improve their performance while also reducing the risk of injury. An app allows coaches to monitor training load

macOS Catalina revives Expansion Slot Utility app for new Mac Pro

Apple’s latest macOS Catalina beta revives the long-lost Expansion Slot Utility app for the new Mac Pro. Now updated to version 2.0, the app helps users configure things like video cards, audio

Samsung CEO calls Galaxy Fold ‘embarrassing’

The CEO of Samsung Electronics personally took responsibility for the Galaxy Fold debacle. However, he promises his company is fixing the problems that delayed the launch of its first folding-screen

Ireland dumps Apple’s back taxes into low-risk bonds amid appeal

Ireland has invested Apple’s back taxes into low-risk, highly rated bonds, according to a new report. The move is an effort to preserve capital amid an ongoing appeal, which could take several years

AudioKit’s retro ’80s synthesizer now works inside your favorite music app

The amazing AudioKit Digital D1 synth is now available as an Audio Unit plugin, so you can host it inside your favorite music apps. (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

’CrescentCore’ malware attacks your Mac, evades antivirus tools

Security researches have discovered new malware that targets macOS users and evades popular antivirus tools. “CrescentCore” is distributed as a DMG package that’s disguised as Adobe Flash Player. It

WWII-era dispute could ensnarl release of 2019 iPhones

Another dispute between countries looms over Apple, but this one dates back to World War II and could cause the tech giant heartburn as it readies the lineup of 2019 iPhones. Japan will tighten export

Legrand’s new HomeKit light switches require no hub

The just-released Legrand Home Smart Lighting for Apple HomeKit collection includes 3-way and dimmable wall switches, as well as plug-in wall sockets that are also either on/off or dimmable. Any of

‘Up Next’ Apple Store concerts are free to Apple Music subscribers

Apple is hosting seven exclusive concerts and artist Q&As at Apple Stores around the world. Designed to promote Apple Music and its “Up Next” playlists, the concerts run from July 9 through August

Build the skyscraper of your dreams in Lego Tower for iOS

Lego Tower, the newest game from Tiny Tower developer NimbleBit, has landed on iOS. The free-to-play title lets you build a Lego skyscraper world, with apartments, hospitals, stores, and more. The

Rip DVDs to play on any iOS or Android devices [Deals]

At this point, our DVD collections are mostly just decoration for our shelves. It doesn’t have to be that way, you can convert all those old discs so they play on your iOS or Android devices (or

iOS 13 beta and HomePod lets you ask Siri to play radio

The ability to use Siri to listen to live radio stations is up and running for HomePod users, along with people running the latest iOS 13 beta. Apple announced the feature at this year’s Worldwide

Google starts testing AirDrop clone for Android Q

Google is working to deliver an AirDrop clone that will allow Android users to quickly share files with nearby devices. Its new “Fast Share” feature, which will also make its way to Chrome OS, can be

Apple could be the victor of successful G20 trade talks

Apple is the big winner of global trade talks at the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan. That’s according to Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives. Ives notes that Apple has become the “poster child” for the U.S. vs.

Apple Watch first-year sales projections proved outlandishly unrealistic

Unlike the way Apple used to brag about its record iPhone sales, the company never reveals how many units the Apple Watch sells. According to a new report, there may be a good reason for this secrecy.

Apple offers free fix for 2018 MacBook Airs with bad logic boards

Apple has identified a logic board issue with “a vey small number” of 2018 MacBook Air units. Users can return their machine to an Apple Store or Authorized Service Provider for a free repair. You