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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Apple working on tech to allow iPhones to directly process credit cards

Apple working on tech to allow iPhones to directly process credit cards

Small businesses may soon be able to accept credit and debit card payments directly through the iPhone's onboard NFC chip without the need for external hardware.

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International drama 'Pachinko' premieres on Apple TV+ on March 25

International drama 'Pachinko' premieres on Apple TV+ on March 25

"Pachinko," an adaptation of a New York Times best-seller of the same name, will make its way to Apple TV+ this spring.

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New iOS, iPadOS and macOS updates fix many security issues, including Safari bug

New iOS, iPadOS and macOS updates fix many security issues, including Safari bug

Apple's latest batch of software updates patch a number of vulnerabilities, including a Safari flaw that could have leaked browsing data and another bug that may have been used in the wild.

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Fanhouse rolls out 50% surcharge on in-app purchases, to offset 30% App Store fees

Fanhouse rolls out 50% surcharge on in-app purchases, to offset 30% App Store fees

Content creator app Fanhouse, which protested the App Store's 30% commission in 2021, has introduced in-app purchases that include a 50% surcharge to compensate for Apple's cut.

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ExclusiveDeals: save up to $200 on 2020 13" MacBook Pros, plus $60 off AppleCare

Deals: save up to $200 on 2020 13

AppleInsider readers this week can save $75 to $200 on every 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro at Adorama with exclusive coupon discounts. Plus, save $60 on AppleCare and get an additional 5% back with the new Edge Credit Card. Total savings can reach upward of $440 off the latest notebooks bundled with AC and the Edge financing promotion.

First law proposed that specifically targets misuse of AirTag by stalkers

First law proposed that specifically targets misuse of AirTag by stalkers

While stalking is illegal in general, new legislation proposed in Pennsylvania would specifically make misuse of Apple's AirTag punishable by law.

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Apple gets five DGA nominations for 'Ted Lasso' and commercial direction

Apple gets five DGA nominations for 'Ted Lasso' and commercial direction

The Directors Guild of America has recognized directors for three "Ted Lasso" episodes and multiple Apple commercials with nominations for the DGA Awards.

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Apple fixes server problem that caused iCloud sync issues for developers

Apple fixes server problem that caused iCloud sync issues for developers

Apple has told multiple developers that it has fixed an underlying server issue that has been causing iCloud syncing issues since at least November.

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VideoBenchmarks show that Intel's Alder Lake chips aren't M1 Max killers

Benchmarks show that Intel's Alder Lake chips aren't M1 Max killers

New benchmark tests confirm that the Alder Lake Core i9 processor features significant performance gains compared to its predecessor, but the flagship Intel chip is still not going to unseat the M1 Max as an overall package.

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Apple issues watchOS 8.4 update with bug fixes, security updates

Apple issues watchOS 8.4 update with bug fixes, security updates

Apple has shipped a minor update to watchOS 8.4, one which likely only contains bug fixes and security updates.

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Apple's tvOS 15.3 and HomePod software 15.3 updates ship with stability & performance improvements

Apple's tvOS 15.3 and HomePod software 15.3 updates ship with stability & performance improvements

Apple has seeded tvOS 15.3 and HomePod software 15.3 to the public, with the new updates focusing mainly on platform stability, bug fixes, and ecosystem improvements.

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Apple seeds macOS 12.2 to public with rebuilt Apple Music, minor updates

Apple seeds macOS 12.2 to public with rebuilt Apple Music, minor updates

Apple has issued macOS Monterey 12.2 to the public, bringing a number of minor updates including an AppKit version of Apple Music and bug fixes.

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Apple releases iOS 15.3 & iPadOS 15.3 with bug fixes

Apple releases iOS 15.3 & iPadOS 15.3 with bug fixes

Apple has released the iOS 15.3 and iPadOS 15.3 updates to all supported devices, but the update has no user-facing features and instead focuses on bug fixes and improvements.

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Skydance Animation film 'Luck' premieres on Apple TV+ on August 5

Skydance Animation film 'Luck' premieres on Apple TV+ on August 5

The animated film "Luck" will debut on August 5 on Apple TV+, starring Eva Noblezada, Simon Pegg, Whoopi Goldberg, and Jane Fonda.

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Apple says it still hasn't fixed iCloud outages that started on Tuesday

Apple says it still hasn't fixed iCloud outages that started on Tuesday

Apple has reversed course, and updated its system status page to acknowledge that several iCloud services are still seeing ongoing issues hours after the company said the problems were resolved.

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ReviewWoolnut Coated Sleeves review: New protective & waterproof iPad covers

Woolnut Coated Sleeves review: New protective & waterproof iPad covers

Woolnut's new line of water-resistant iPad Pro covers ditch the leather to help protect your Apple tablet while also looking great.

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Best deals Jan. 26: 30% off Parallels Desktop 17 Pro, refurbished Apple Watch discounts, more!

Best deals Jan. 26: 30% off Parallels Desktop 17 Pro, refurbished Apple Watch discounts, more!

In addition to big savings on a one-year Parallels Desktop Pro subscription, Wednesday's best deals include 50% off a 18W Anker USB-C wall charger 2-pack, $15 off SwitchBot for HomeKit, $130 off Bose Frames Alto, and $40 for a Tile 4-pack.

Apple Watch gets new Unity Lights watch face

Apple Watch gets new Unity Lights watch face

To celebrate Black History Month, Apple is introducing the new Unity Lights Apple Watch face, inspired by Afrofuturism.

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Apple previews new content, collections in celebration of Black History Month

Apple previews new content, collections in celebration of Black History Month

Apple is highlighting Black businesses and innovations with new content across its services to celebrate Black History Month.

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'iPhone 14' may have eSIM-only option, but it won't be universal

'iPhone 14' may have eSIM-only option, but it won't be universal

A new analyst report claims that Apple will offer the "iPhone 14" in both SIM and eSIM-only variants, though the speculation has no apparent evidence as yet.

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Deal: Lifetime Microsoft Office Home & Business for Mac license dips to $49.99

Deal: Lifetime Microsoft Office Home & Business for Mac license dips to $49.99

Bargain hunters looking for a cheap Microsoft Office license to run on one Mac can gain lifetime access to the 2021 Home & Business collection of tools for just $49.99.

Apple remains world's most valuable brand, but Amazon is hot on its heels

Apple remains world's most valuable brand, but Amazon is hot on its heels

Apple has kept the top spot in the annual Brand Finance Global 500 rankings for the second year running, but Amazon is gaining, and TikTok is the fastest-growing brand by far.

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Apple's iPhone reaches its highest-ever market share in China

Apple's iPhone reaches its highest-ever market share in China

New research says that Apple has become China's top smartphone vendor for the first time since Q4 2015, with the iPhone getting its highest-ever market share of 23%.

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'CODA' stars promote Apple TV+ film, hoping for Oscar nomination

'CODA' stars promote Apple TV+ film, hoping for Oscar nomination

Cast and crew of Apple TV+ movie "CODA" have released new videos promoting the soundtrack's "Beyond the Shore" song, as Academy Award members consider Oscar nominations.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Apple iCloud caused some services to be slow or unavailable for four hours on Tuesday

Apple iCloud caused some services to be slow or unavailable for four hours on Tuesday

Apple was having issues with its iCloud servers, with many users reporting that they cannot access Messages, Apple Music, files, and more.

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Samsung's Galaxy S22 Unpacked event is on February 9

Samsung's Galaxy S22 Unpacked event is on February 9

Samsung is expected to unveil its newest S-series flagship phone in early February at the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event.

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ReviewEthos and Icon microphone review: Approachable, high-end audio perfect for podcast creators

Ethos and Icon microphone review: Approachable, high-end audio perfect for podcast creators

Earthworks Audio has built two quality products that compete with the most popular USB and broadcast microphones on the market.

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Dropbox won't be fully functional when macOS 12.3 arrives

Dropbox won't be fully functional when macOS 12.3 arrives

Dropbox is warning users about known issues accessing online-only files from third-party applications after updating to macOS 12.3.

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A Virginia woman has been stalking Tim Cook for more than a year

A Virginia woman has been stalking Tim Cook for more than a year

A restraining order has been granted to Apple, because CEO Tim Cook has been stalked by a Virginia woman who not just broke into his home, but also emailed him photos of a loaded firearm.

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Beats Studio Buds get first firmware update from Apple

Beats Studio Buds get first firmware update from Apple

Apple has released a firmware update for the Beats Studio Buds with bug fixes and other improvements.

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If Apple replaced your iPhone or Mac, expect an email about a class action settlement

If Apple replaced your iPhone or Mac, expect an email about a class action settlement

Administrators of Apple's $95 million settlement over the definition of refurbished replacement devices is now contacting customers who may be eligible for a payout.

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FeatureWhat to expect from Apple in early 2022 - MacBook Air, Mac mini, iMac Pro, and more

What to expect from Apple in early 2022 - MacBook Air, Mac mini, iMac Pro, and more

In the shadow of Apple's earnings report later this week, the spotlight is already on Apple's next product releases. Here's what you can expect to see from Apple for the first few months of 2022.

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ExclusiveThis loaded M1 Max 16-inch MacBook Pro with 64GB RAM is $300 off, in stock now

This loaded M1 Max 16-inch MacBook Pro with 64GB RAM is $300 off, in stock now

Apple's new 16-inch MacBook Pro with an M1 Max chip, 64GB of RAM and 2TB of storage is $300 off this week, with units in stock and ready to ship (beating the two month delay when ordering from Apple directly). AppleCare is also $80 off with coupon.

Apple's Personal User Safety Guide attempts to ease AirTag concerns

Apple's Personal User Safety Guide attempts to ease AirTag concerns

Apple has produced a new Personal Safety User Guide, explaining how its customers can keep themselves and their personal data safe while using AirTags, iPhones, and other products.

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See Apple Wallet digital key in action at Hyatt hotels

See Apple Wallet digital key in action at Hyatt hotels

A new video shows off the process of using a digital room key stored in Apple Wallet, though don't expect to be able to open your hotel room door with your iPhone everywhere just yet.

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Chip shortages could last until the second half of 2022, White House says

Chip shortages could last until the second half of 2022, White House says

The global semiconductor shortage will stretch through at least the second half of 2022, the White House has concluded following an investigation of the supply chain.

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'White Lotus' star Murray Bartlett joins Apple TV+ 'Physical'

'White Lotus' star Murray Bartlett joins Apple TV+ 'Physical'

The Apple TV+ throwback comedy "Physical" is gaining one more cast member for the second season, with Murray Bartlett joining as a rival fitness instructor.

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Apple's MacBook Air with M1 falls to $849.99 at Amazon, cheapest 2022 price

Apple's MacBook Air with M1 falls to $849.99 at Amazon, cheapest 2022 price

Apple's portable MacBook Air with M1 is on sale this week, with month-end deals knocking $150 off the standard model at Amazon thanks to a hidden discount.

Original 'iBeer' iPhone app made creators $20,000 a day

Original 'iBeer' iPhone app made creators $20,000 a day

An early app that made the iPhone look like you could pour beer from it, proved to be immensely lucrative — but the stress of mass popularity forced its magician creator to walk away.

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