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Friday, August 07, 2020

EditorialApple's block of Xcloud & Stadia game streaming apps is at best consumer-hostile

Apple's block of Xcloud & Stadia game streaming apps is at best consumer-hostile

Apple's policies have effectively spiked an entire category of gaming apps that are no different from a security, technical, or content review standpoint than controlling a Netflix movie with a game controller.

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FeatureHere's where Apple Stores have reopened and closed again around the world

Here's where Apple Stores have reopened and closed again around the world

Apple's retail operations continue to be impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Here's where Apple Stores have opened, as well as where they are closed, updated on August 7 with a single store re-closing in Zaragoza, Spain due to COVID-19 spread.

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FeatureNew 27-inch iMac, Phil Schiller's new role & more, on the AppleInsider podcast

New 27-inch iMac, Phil Schiller's new role & more, on the AppleInsider podcast

Apple refreshed the iMac lineup, Phil Schiller is now an Apple Fellow while Greg Joswiak is promoted to marketing SVP, Microsoft is in talks to acquire TikTok, all this week, on the AppleInsider Podcast.

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TikTok 'shocked' by US executive order and impending ban

TikTok 'shocked' by US executive order and impending ban

Social media platform TikTok says that President Donald Trump's executive order that will ban TikTok and WeChat in the US was issued without due process, and it will fight the order.

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ExclusiveDeals: up to $200 off every 2020 13" MacBook Pro, plus $60 off AppleCare, 5% back

Deals: up to $200 off every 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 systems bundled with AC and the Edge financing promotion.

Facebook blames Apple for not allowing games in Facebook Gaming app

Facebook blames Apple for not allowing games in Facebook Gaming app

The social media giant says that it has been forced to release an "inferior" version of its Facebook Gaming app in order for Apple to accept it onto the App Store.

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More quality control issues hit 'iPhone 12', but won't alter launch

More quality control issues hit 'iPhone 12', but won't alter launch

A new report from Ming-Chi Kuo stays that one manufacturer is finding cracked coatings on their camera lenses for the "iPhone 12" and "iPhone 12 Max," but it's not expected to delay the launch.

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Thursday, August 06, 2020

Trump signs executive order banning TikTok, WeChat on Sept. 20

Trump signs executive order banning TikTok, WeChat on Sept. 20

President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order that will block any transactions between U.S. companies and the parent firms of TikTok and WeChat starting Sept. 20.

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Microsoft fires back at Apple, accusing it of treating gaming apps differently

Microsoft fires back at Apple, accusing it of treating gaming apps differently

Hour after Apple explained why Microsoft's xCloud wouldn't be coming to iOS, Microsoft shot back and accused the company of "consistently treating gaming apps differently."

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ReviewReview: Nimble Disc Case does good while protecting your iPhone

Review: Nimble Disc Case does good while protecting your iPhone

Nimble's latest iPhone case blends sleek protection with an eco-friendly cause as the accessory maker debuts its latest offering — the clear Disc Case, made of recycled CDs.

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VideoCompared: 2020 27-inch iMac vs 2019 iMac 5K

Compared: 2020 27-inch iMac vs 2019 iMac 5K

Apple on Tuesday unveiled a new generation of 27-inch iMac with faster processors, the T2 chip and only SSD storage options. Here's what's new versus the 2019 iMac 5K — and whether it's worth an upgrade.

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ExclusiveDeals: Price wars offer triple-digit savings on Apple's new 27-inch iMac, 2020 iMac Pro

Deals: Price wars offer triple-digit savings on Apple's new 27-inch iMac, 2020 iMac Pro

Apple resellers are discounting 2020 iMac models, with exclusive savings on 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac configurations, along with the 2020 iMac Pro that now comes standard with a 10-core processor. Many deals end today.

Apple explains why Microsoft xCloud won't be coming to the iPhone

Apple explains why Microsoft xCloud won't be coming to the iPhone

Apple has now specified why Microsoft's xCloud won't be coming to iOS, by pointing out that streaming game services are explicitly prohibited according to App Store policies.

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Intel hacked, first wave of stolen chip data released in 20GB dump

Intel hacked, first wave of stolen chip data released in 20GB dump

A hacker has released 20GB of confidential chip engineering data stolen from Intel, with the data made available potentially leading to new zero-day threats for users across multiple platforms.

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Amazon launches Big Summer Sale, back-to-school deals offer up to 75% off

Amazon launches Big Summer Sale, back-to-school deals offer up to 75% off

Amazon's long-awaited Big Summer Sale is here, and while we still have to wait for Prime Day 2020, shoppers can save up to 75% off back-to-school supplies, tech accessories and more.

Anker's PowerCore Play 6700 is a portable battery bank for iPhone gamers

Anker's PowerCore Play 6700 is a portable battery bank for iPhone gamers

If you're tired of draining your iPhone's battery during long gaming sessions, Anker's new PowerCore Play 6700 portable battery combines a controller-like feel with hours of extra power.

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First macOS Big Sur, fourth iOS 14 & iPadOS 14 public betas now available

First macOS Big Sur, fourth iOS 14 & iPadOS 14 public betas now available

Apple on Thursday released the first public beta of macOS Big Sur and the fourth iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 betas to the public software testing program.

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Compared: $4,999 27-inch iMac vs $4,999 iMac Pro

Compared: $4,999 27-inch iMac vs $4,999 iMac Pro

Although the iMac Pro carries Apple's professional designation, your money may be better spent on a 2020 27-inch iMac.

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Leak claims to show 'iPhone 12' OLED screen

Leak claims to show 'iPhone 12' OLED screen

A new photograph from a reliable leaker shows what's claimed to be the OLED screen from the forthcoming "iPhone 12."

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Apple wants to bring Zoom-like background replacement to 'Apple Glass'

Apple wants to bring Zoom-like background replacement to 'Apple Glass'

Future "Apple Glass," or other such Apple headsets, may be able to replace a background with any image chosen by the wearer.

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Apple's John Giannandrea talks Apple Silicon, moving from Google to Apple

Apple's John Giannandrea talks Apple Silicon, moving from Google to Apple

In a wide-ranging interview, Apple's head of Artificial Intelligence John Giannandrea states that it's "technically wrong" for AI to be processed at data centers instead of on a user's own device.

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OWC undercuts Apple's $699 Mac Pro wheels with $199 conversion kit

OWC undercuts Apple's $699 Mac Pro wheels with $199 conversion kit

OWC has begun accepting preorders for it's Rover Pro wheel kit that allows you to easily add wheels to your Mac Pro for less than a third of the cost of Apple's add-on wheel kit.

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US trying for 'clean network' by banning 'untrusted Chinese apps' like WeChat, TikTok

US trying for 'clean network' by banning 'untrusted Chinese apps' like WeChat, TikTok

Describing them as "untrusted Chinese apps," the US government says it wants WeChat, TikTok, and other unspecified services to be banned from all of the app stores in the US.

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Future iPhone may pre-process video on the image sensor to cut size & reduce power demand

Future iPhone may pre-process video on the image sensor to cut size & reduce power demand

Apple is looking at ways of reducing how much processing an iPhone or other device has to do on the image sensor itself in order to produce high quality video, with the aim of saving both file size and battery power.

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Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Apple shares 'vertical' Damien Chazelle short film shot on iPhone 11 Pro

Apple shares 'vertical' Damien Chazelle short film shot on iPhone 11 Pro

Apple on Wednesday shared a new short film by director Damien Chazelle that was shot on an iPhone 11 Pro entirely in a vertical aspect ratio.

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Microsoft ends iOS xCloud testing, launching as Android exclusive

Microsoft ends iOS xCloud testing, launching as Android exclusive

Microsoft has confirmed that it has ended its xCloud game service testing on iOS — on the same day it announced new partnerships with Samsung.

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Now-fixed exploit used Microsoft Office macros to hack macOS

Now-fixed exploit used Microsoft Office macros to hack macOS

A now-fixed exploit in the macOS version of Microsoft Office may have allowed attackers to hack a Mac user just by getting them to open a document.

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Smart TV adoption outpacing streaming devices like Apple TV, Roku

Smart TV adoption outpacing streaming devices like Apple TV, Roku

Streaming devices and set-top boxes like Roku or the Apple TV are increasingly losing ground to internet-connected smart TVs with the shift amplified by the coronavirus pandemic, new data shows.

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ExclusiveDeals: save up to $2,160 on Apple's 2020 27-inch iMac, plus AppleCare discount

Deals: save up to $2,160 on Apple's 2020 27-inch iMac, plus AppleCare discount

Apple's new 27-inch iMac may have just been announced, but AppleInsider readers can already snap up discounted iMac prices on the 5K systems with exclusive coupon deals and bonus savings on AppleCare.

Apple pairs with Robert Downey Jr.'s production company on upcoming drama

Apple pairs with Robert Downey Jr.'s production company on upcoming drama

Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey's production company, Team Downey, will work with Apple on a new drama for Apple TV+.

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FeatureThe best Thunderbolt 3 docks for your Mac in 2020

The best Thunderbolt 3 docks for your Mac in 2020

If you need to add more ports to your MacBook Pro or iMac, one of the best ways to do that is to get a Thunderbolt 3 dock. Here's AppleInsider's guide to picking the best Thunderbolt 3 dock for your Mac.

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Apple had issues with Game Center, iCloud Account, and iCloud Keychain on Wednesday

Apple had issues with Game Center, iCloud Account, and iCloud Keychain on Wednesday

For about three hours, Apple's System Status page indicated some users were unable to use certain services, such as Game Center and various iCloud features.

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Lady Gaga will host 'Gaga Radio' every Friday in August on Beats1

Lady Gaga will host 'Gaga Radio' every Friday in August on Beats1

Starting Friday, Lady Gaga will host a radio show on Apple Music's Beats1 called Gaga Radio, centered around dance music and the creation of her latest album, Chromatica.

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Microsoft in talks to buy TikTok for up to $30 billion

Microsoft in talks to buy TikTok for up to $30 billion

Microsoft plans on finishing its TikTok acquisition talks ahead of the September 15 deadline set by President Trump, with a potential offer of up to $30 billion on the table.

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Apple Store Easter egg celebrates its 10th anniversary

Apple Store Easter egg celebrates its 10th anniversary

A whimsical Easter egg celebrates the Apple Store's 10th anniversary when users search for "10 years" in the app.

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EditorialThe high-end 27-inch iMac is more 'pro' than the iMac Pro is

The high-end 27-inch iMac is more 'pro' than the iMac Pro is

Even though the new 27-inch iMac has received mostly minor updates, Apple's upgrade decisions make it look as if the iMac Pro is on the way out.

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Kensington UltraThin Magnetic Privacy Screens released for MacBook Pro, MacBook Air

Kensington UltraThin Magnetic Privacy Screens released for MacBook Pro, MacBook Air

Prevent shoulder-surfers and "visual hackers" with the Apple Store-exclusive Kensington magnetic privacy screen for your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro.

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Samsung unveils Galaxy Note20, Watch3, Z Fold2, Buds Live

Samsung unveils Galaxy Note20, Watch3, Z Fold2, Buds Live

Samsung's Unpacked event has seen the launch of a number of new devices, including the Galaxy Fold 2, the Galaxy Note 20 Series, Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+, Galaxy Buds Live, and the Galaxy Watch 3.

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Virginia launches first COVID-19 exposure notification app in US using Google-Apple API

Virginia launches first COVID-19 exposure notification app in US using Google-Apple API

On Wednesday, the Virginia Department of Health released its official COVID-19 exposure notification app, and it is the first in the United States to use the Google and Apple API.

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