Apple’s HomePod could ruin your wooden furniture

What’s the most annoying thing to happen at a party or get-together in your home? When your friend sets a frosty drink down on your wooden coffee table without a coaster, of course! No one wants to see rings on their furniture. Unfortunately, drinks may not be the only culprit! According to various reports, Apple’s HomePod smart speaker allegedly leaves white rings on wooden surfaces in less than 20 minutes of use. The $349.00 device, which launched February 9th, has reportedly caused early users a lot of grief when it came to their wooden tables and surfaces. Many have taken

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Apple sends Qualcomm chips to the curb for next iPhone

For years, Apple has used a mixture of Qualcomm and Intel baseband chips for its iPhones. But according to a report published this week, Apple will be ditching Qualcomm and moving exclusively to  Intel for future smartphone designs. CNET amounts this move to tensions between the Apple and Qualcomm.  The two companies have been locked in a legal battle over how much Apple should pay Qualcomm for the use of its chips and technology licenses. In December, Intel “accused Apple of infringing on a number of its patents, while Apple charged that Qualcomm illegally used its battery management technology.” Qualcomm

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Apple cuts iPhone X production in half

If you were thinking Apple would have trouble selling the anticipated number of iPhone X devices for $999 USD, you were right. According to an article in The Vancouver Sun, Apple will be halving its production of the iPhone X this quarter to 20 million units. Following its announcement of this cut early on January 29, shares decreased more than two percent. Reportedly, the cut comes after slower-than-expected holiday sales in Europe, the United States, and China. Analysts have suggested what you might have already guessed; the reason the for the slow sales is the high price. Analysts at UBS

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US Senator wants Apple to answer for slowdown scandal

Cheap battery replacements might not be enough to appease consumers angered by Apple’s recent slowdown scandal, where the iPhone maker admitted to quietly slowing the performance of older phones in an effort to prolong battery life. One individual who is particularly fired up is Senator John Thune of South Dakota. Thune sent a letter to Apple this week, asking the company more questions about the scandal, and requesting a response by January 23rd. Senator Thune is the chairman of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, which explains his interest in the matter. He said in his letter, addressed to CEO

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App Store introduces pre-ordering

Don’t want to be the last of your friends to download that app you’re all looking forward to? Maybe you were the hold-out on Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, and now you’re embarrassed to be so far behind? Fear not, because according to The Verge, Apple will let you pre-order. Now, apps you buy before the release date will automatically download when ready, just like albums from iTunes. A simple but useful feature – this is the kind of update that makes you wonder why it wasn’t available in the first place, as opposed to nearly ten years after the App

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iPhone Payments Program might make the new iPhone affordable

If you’re interested in buying the new iPhone, you have a decision to make; should you pay a lump sum to purchase the device from Apple, or do you start a payment plan with your wireless carrier? According to Mashable, the other option, which has been in existence since 2015, is the iPhone Upgrade Program. The program “splits the cost of your phone into 24 interest-free monthly installments, allows you to trade in the phone after the first 12 payments for the latest model, and includes AppleCare+ insurance.” Unfortunately, the cost of the AppleCare+ can bump the Upgrade Program up

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The iPhone 8 is ready to unlock your device via your face

Remember when unlocking your phone via fingerprint was the future of cell phones? Now fingerprint scanners are old news. The new big thing is facial recognition: a feature that the Samsung Galaxy 8 already has and, reportedly, the iPhone 8 does as well. According to The Korea Herald, the new iPhone’s 3D sensors for facial recognition can sense your face in millionths of a second. Rumours of the iPhone 8’s features have been wildly speculated, and right now some of the big hopes for the upcoming phone include an edge-to-edge OLED display, wireless charging, AR capabilities, and of course facial

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Could wearables make a comeback with the LTE Apple Watch?

Apple has a plan to restore its smartwatch’s short-lived fame. According to Fierce Wireless, Apple is reportedly working on an LTE version of the Apple Watch, which means the watch would no longer be paired with a smartphone, and will ideally bring carriers a brand-new source of revenue. Current Apple Watches are unable to retrieve data out of range of the user’s iPhone. They connect by Bluetooth, which means they probably have the same range as your portable speaker. The watch is neat in that it can use maps, iTunes, calendars, and other iOS features, but without your iPhone nearby

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Apple settles multi-billion dollar patent suit with Nokia

Patent disputes are an ever-present concern with with big tech companies, and Apple is no exception. According to The Verge, Apple recently ended a suit with Nokia, costing it a two billion dollar up-front payment. The reason for this settlement could be to avoid another long, brutal court battle like Apple previously fought with Samsung. “We got a substantial upfront cash payment of €1.7 billion from Apple, strengthening further our cash position. As said earlier, our plan is to provide more details on the intended use of cash in conjunction with our Q3 earnings,” Nokia said in a call to

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iOS 11 might save you a lot of storage space

If you’re one of the many who suffer from chronic lack of storage on your iPhone, you might be in for a treat with the next software update. According to Business Insider, one of the many small changes being rolled out with iOS 11 is that iMessages will be stored in the iCloud moving forward, and not on your hard drive. You might not even realize how much space your archived iMessages take up on your device. Now, messages going back potentially for years will be freed up as space for you to use. This will also automatically sync your

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