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  • Elon Musk takes jabs at Apple during Tesla earnings call

    Tesla CEO Elon Musk took two potshots at Apple during a quarterly earnings conference call on Monday, noting the batteries in his company's cars use less cobalt than devices made by the tech giant.Musk referenced Apple when questioned about Tesla's supply chain, specifically the use of cobalt — a mineral whose mining is often linked to human rights abuses — in lithium-ion batteries, reports CNBC."Apple uses I think almost 100% cobalt in their batteries and cell phones and laptops, but Tesla...


  • Apple ceases iOS 14.6 code signing, blocks downgrades from iOS 14.7 and above

    Apple on Monday stopped signing code for iOS 14.6 following the release of iOS 14.7 last week and iOS 14.7.1 today, meaning users are now unable to downgrade to the previous operating system version.Apple issued iOS 14.7 a week ago with support for the new MagSafe Battery Pack and improvements to Apple Card Family. General performance enhancements and security fixes were also included.Earlier today, iOS 14.7.1 was released to remedy an issue that prevented Apple Watch from unlocking iPhones with...


  • Facebook's Oculus investigating Apple Health app integration

    Code discovered in Facebook's Oculus app reveals the company is investigating an Apple Health app integration that would allow users to save workout data generated by Oculus Move.Discovered by developer Steve Moser, the code suggests Facebook is experimenting with a feature that would synchronize Oculus Move data to the Health app, Bloomberg reports. Users might also be able to view information saved in the Health app on a connected Oculus VR headset, the report says.Introduced last year, Oculus...


  • Intel to manufacture chips for Qualcomm, Amazon as it plays catch-up with TSMC

    Intel on Monday provided details on its plan to catch up to specialist foundries like Apple partner TSMC, announcing new deals to make chips for Qualcomm and Amazon on its way to a roadmapped industry lead by 2025.Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger | Source: IntelOnce the world's leading chipmaker, Intel has seen up-and-coming specialist production companies help competitors like AMD surpass its products in both performance and technology. To regain its throne, Intel created a new manufacturing arm called...


  • 'Ted Lasso' season premiere breaks Apple TV+ viewing record

    The season two premiere of breakout hit "Ted Lasso" managed to bring in the most viewers of any Apple TV+ series or movie debut to date, the company said Monday.While Apple is not offering specific figures, the tech giant said more Apple TV+ subscribers watched the season premiere in its opening weekend than any prior launch, reports Variety. The viewing window ran from Friday to Sunday, July 23 to 25.Apple boasts the show "increased its viewership by 6x over season one," though again the...


  • 'The Office' writers credit first video iPod with boosting show's popularity

    A pair of top writers and producers who worked on "The Office" have credited Apple's first video iPod with boosting the show's popularity in its early days.Credit: The Office/NBCOn the CNN series "History of the Sitcom," writers Greg Daniels and Michael Schur recounted how the iPod helped give the American version of "The Office" a much-needed bump and revealed how the show's audience was quite younger than they initially realized. Read more


  • Apple gives 11 reasons why business users should choose Mac

    In a webpage updated, Apple has laid out 11 reasons why business users should choose a Mac as their primary work computer, including better performance, battery life, and security.Credit: AppleThe webpage, "11 Reasons Mac means business," highlights some of the benefits of the Mac for a business or enterprise environment. Apple's M1 chip occupies the first and second "reasons" on the page because "it's that powerful." Read more


  • macOS Big Sur 11.5.1 now available with security updates [u]

    Apple has released macOS Big Sur 11.5.1 with security updates only a few days after macOS 11.5 dropped.The new macOS update will automatically download and install for users who have that option enabled. Users can also navigate to System Preferences to initiate the update manually.There was no beta period for this release, likely due to it containing minor security changes. The previous update, macOS 11.5, went through five beta iterations including a Release Candidate, with the latter issued on...


  • Apple releases iOS 14.7.1, iPadOS 14.7.1 with Apple Watch TouchID unlock fix [u]

    Apple has released iOS 14.7.1 and iPadOS 14.7.1 with bug fixes including one that prevented the Apple Watch from being unlocked when connected to Touch ID phones.The new releases will automatically download to devices, or can be installed manually by visiting the Settings app. Select "General" then "Software Update" to start the update right away.The release notes mention only one specific fix for an issue related to Apple Watch unlock using the iPhone. Previously, iPhones with Touch ID would...


  • Apple Music streaming record reportedly shattered by Kanye's 'Donda' event

    Kanye West's latest Apple Music streaming event has smashed previous live streaming events, clocking in roughly 3.3 million viewers.On July 22, Kanye West hosted a live stream global listening event for the premiere of the yet-unreleased "Donda," his tenth studio album. The event, which was sold out, took place in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.The event was streamed live by Apple Music, allowing fans to tune in and preview the album before it was released. According to TMZ, the event drew...


  • 'iPad mini 6' could sport 8.3-inch display but retain the same footprint

    The display on the rumored "iPad mini 6" will be bumped up to 8.3 inches because of its narrower bezels and lack of Home button, according to a display analyst.Credit: FrontPageTechThe next-generation iPad mini will have an 8.3-inch display, up from the current 7.9-inch screen, according to Ross Young at Display Supply Chain Consultants. The larger display will likely fit in the same footprint as current models. Read more


  • PowerZeus 500 Portable Power Station review: Power everything, even off-grid

    Keep your small devices going through extended power outages with the high-capacity PowerZeus 500 Portable Power Station.If you've ever been caught without power for an extended period of time, you know how perilous it can feel when you don't have a way to keep your devices charged or powered.Aukey aims to solve that problem with the PowerZeus 500, a large 518Wh backup battery, perfect for power outages, camping, RV travel, or your next outdoor family reunion. Read more