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Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20 can wirelessly charge your iPhone as you play - 9to5Mac
Bang & Olufsen has announced the Beolit 20, its successor to the well-regarded Beolit 17 portable Bluetooth speaker. The company says that it delivers ...
Bang & Olufsen has announced the Beolit 20, its successor to the well-regarded Beolit 17 portable Bluetooth speaker. The company says that it delivers true 360-degree sound … The new speaker boasts a longer battery-life, plus a built-in wireless charging pad on the top of the speaker to keep your iPhone charged as you listen. B&O says that the new speaker now delivers eight hours of listening at typical volumes, up from six hours in the Beolit 17. Enjoy up to 8 hours playtime at a typical listening volume on a single charge and also use the wireless Qi charging feature to power your devices. With handy USB-C charging and a bigger battery capacity, Beolit 20 keeps the party going for longer. A combination of powerful amplifiers and drivers create True360 sound tuned by Bang & Olufsen engineers, offering an authentic sound experience and optimal dispersion whatever your environment. Beolit 20 plays low at 3720.000Hz to create a wide, satisfying bass range. Expertly crafted using a selection of premium materials, Beolit 20 is a tactile and durable portable speaker. Anodised aluminium ensures the body is robust while the new vegetable tanned leather strap is as secure as it is naturally supple. The speaker has a 5.5-inch long-stroke wideband woofer, powered by a 35W Class D amp. A second 35W amp powers the three 1.5-inch tweeters (technically, B&O says these are full-range drivers). Two 4-inch passive bass radiators complete the setup. Maximum loudness is 93dB at one metre, which B&O says makes the speaker suitable for a room size in the 100-500 square feet range, as well as ‘larger social gatherings outside.’ As with the Beolit 17, you can create a stereo pair with two of them, and given that the audio performance is identical, you can also pair a Beolit 20 with your existing Beolit 17. The speaker is available in a choice of a tan-looking Grey Mist and a sleek-looking Black Anthracite, priced at $500. FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Mac on YouTube for more Apple news:
Apple search engine efforts ‘stepping up’ as Google deal under threat – FT - 9to5Mac
Speculation about plans for an Apple search engine to compete with Google has been around for many years now, ever since the company was first seen ...
Speculation about plans for an Apple search engine to compete with Google has been around for many years now, ever since the company was first seen to be using its own web crawler back in 2014. Apple confirmed the existence of the Applebot crawler in 2015. A report in the Financial Times claims that Apple is now ‘stepping up’ efforts to create its own search engine as its lucrative deal with Google comes under threat … Google currently pays Apple an estimated $8-12 billion per year to be the default search engine on iOS devices. In 2018, for example, the sum was estimated at a little under $10 billion around 20% of the company’s Services income for the year. However, antitrust regulators are now putting this deal in the spotlight, and arguing that it may be anticompetitive. This raises the question of what Apple would do if it was banned from renewing the deal, and lost that income. One suggestion that has been that the iPhone maker could create an Apple search engine. The FT report cites circumstantial evidence and industry commentary, rather than inside sources, and not much of it is new. It opens, for example, with a change seen in iOS 14 to the swipe-down search box. Apple is stepping up efforts to develop its own search technology as US antitrust authorities threaten multibillion-dollar payments that Google makes to secure prime placement of its engine on the iPhone. In a little-noticed change to the latest version of the iPhone operating system, iOS 14, Apple has begun to show its own search results and link directly to websites when users type queries from its home screen. That web search capability marks an important advance in Apples in-house development and could form the foundation of a fuller attack on Google, according to several people in the industry. It also points to the two-and-a-half year old news of Apple poaching Google’s John Giannandrea, putting its own spin on the hire. Apple poached Googles head of search, John Giannandrea. The hire was ostensibly to boost its artificial intelligence capabilities and its Siri virtual assistant, but also brought eight years of experience running the worlds most popular search engine. It includes commentary from former senior Google execs, but this too is purely speculative. They [Apple] have a credible team that I think has the experience and the depth, if they wanted to, to build a more general search engine, said Bill Coughran, Googles former engineering chief, who is now a partner at Silicon Valley investor Sequoia Capital […] Apples position is very unique because it has the iPhone and iOS. It controls the default browser, said Sridhar Ramaswamy, Neevas co-founder and Googles former head of advertising. Expanding in search feels natural for Apple, he said, as it has the ability to gather data and learn from user behaviour at large scale. Applebot’s crawl rate the number of times it visits websites in order to update its database is said to have increased substantially. Others note that Apple is one of the few companies in the world with the resources to create a search engine to compete with Google. But all of the known facts would be consistent with Apple simply working on making Siri smarter. The single biggest argument against Apple creating a search engine is the company’s strong privacy stance, and its less-than-flattering commentary on ad-funded services like Google. A few years ago, users of Internet services began to realize that when an online service is free, youre not the customer. Youre the product. But at Apple, we believe a great customer experience shouldnt come at the expense of your privacy. Our business model is very straightforward: We sell great products. We dont build a profile based on your email content or web browsing habits to sell to advertisers. We dont monetize the information you store on your iPhone or in iCloud. And we dont read your email or your messages to get information to market to you. Walking that back would be problematic to say the least. FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Mac on YouTube for more Apple news:
Latest iPad Pros hit all-time low prices in today’s best deals, official Apple Watch bands on sale, more - 9to5Mac
Today’s best deals include the latest iPad Pro, official Apple Watch bands, and Sony’s AirPods competitors. Hit the jump for all of our top picks in today’s 9to5Toys Lunch Break. Latest iPad Pros hit new all-time lows Amazon offers the latest 11-inch iPad Pro…
Today’s best deals include the latest iPad Pro, official Apple Watch bands, and Sony’s AirPods competitors. Hit the jump for all of our top picks in today’s 9to5Toys Lunch Break. Latest iPad Pros hit new all-time lows Amazon offers the latest 11-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi 256GB at $850. Thats down $49 from the regular going rate and a new Amazon all-time low. The larger 12.9-inch Wi-Fi 128GB model is also being discounted to $949 as part of todays sale from its usual $999 price tag. Thats another all-time low. Todays deals match our previous mentions, as well. Finally, you can save on the 12.9-inch Wi-Fi 256GB configuration at $1,040 (Reg. $1,099). Apples 2020 iPad Pro features a new camera system with 12 and 10MP lenses and LiDAR scanner support on the back. Face ID is another standout here, doing away with the physical home button for an even sleeker design. USB-C connectivity, 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 support, and up to 10-hours of battery life round out the list of notable specs. Official Apple Watch bands see rare discounts Amazon is currently offering various official Apple Watch Bands on sale with 20% off or more. Free shipping is available for all. Our top pick is the Pride Edition model at $43. Youd typically pay $49 for these Sport Loop Bands. This is the first discount weve seen since the spring and the second-best offer weve tracked all-time. Show your support with a Pride Edition band made of nylon. First released back at WWDC 2019, we found it to be a fun combination of the original and recently updated version in our hands-on review. The Sport Band version is also on sale today for $40 from the usual $49 price tag. Sony WF-1000XM3 ANC Earbuds at $178 Amazon currently offers the Sony WF-1000XM3 Noise Canceling Truly Wireless Earbuds for $178. Down from its $228 going rate, todays offer matches the second-best price weve seen to date and comes within $8 of our previous mention for the all-time low. Delivering a truly wireless design with industry leading noise cancellation, Sonys WF-1000XM3 earbuds pack upwards of 24-hours of battery life per charge. Plus when youre in a bind, just a few minutes on the charger equates to an hour and a half of listening. Other notable features like touchpad controls, and adaptive sound control make these a compelling option. We found that to be the case in our hands-on review. Best trade-in deals 9to5Mac also keeps tabs on all the best trade-in deals on iPhone, iPad, MacBook, Apple Watch, and more every month. Be sure to check out this month’s best trade-in deals when you decide it’s time to upgrade your device. Or simply head over to our trade-in partner directly if you want to recycle, trade, or sell your used devices for cash and support 9to5Mac along the way! Subscribe to the 9to5Toys YouTube Channel for all of the latest videos, reviews, and more! HyperX QuadCast S Review: Add some more color to your content creation [Video] Hulkman Alpha 85S Review: Powerful smart jump starter EDC for your car [Video] Review: Razers new wireless flagship line-up untethers your setup [Video] FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Mac on YouTube for more Apple news:
Apple Store online launching in India on September 23 - 9to5Mac
Apple announced today that it plans to open its online store in India on September 23. The expansion will bring direct sales and an improved shopping experience to customers in the region for the first time. Apple has made significant investments in India ove…
Apple announced today that it plans to open its online store in India on September 23. The expansion will bring direct sales and an improved shopping experience to customers in the region for the first time. Apple has made significant investments in India over the past several years as it seeks to become a leader in a massive market full of potential. iPhones are now made in India, and official Apple Stores are on the way. Before opening any brick and mortar locations, Apple is ramping up its online sales and distribution. Starting September 23, customers in India will be able to visit apple.com/in and shop directly from Apple, just like customers across the world have come to expect for decades. Advice and product guidance will be available in English and Hindi. Until now, Apple sales in India were directed entirely through partners like Apple Premium Resellers. In October, Apple says customers will be able to attend free online Today at Apple sessions with a focus on photography and music. The creative sessions are a staple of physical Apple Stores during non-pandemic times, and will offer customers an early preview of what they can expect when official Apple Stores open in India. Apple SVP of Retail + People Deirdre O’Brien noted the expansion: Were proud to be expanding in India and want to do all we can to support our customers and their communities. We know our users are relying on technology to stay connected, engage in learning, and tap into their creativity, and by bringing the Apple Store online to India, we are offering our customers the very best of Apple at this important time. In May, build-to-order Mac sales opened through resellers in India ahead of the official online store launch. Tim Cook had promised in February that the online store would open this year. Physical Apple Stores in India will arrive in 2021, with one of the first locations expected to be built in Mumbais Bandra Kurla Complex. One of the major hurdles preventing the Apple Store Online from launching sooner in India was a government rule requiring foreign companies to source 30% of their production locally. The requirements were eventually eased, allowing Apple to push ahead. Follow along on Twitter for daily Apple Store news. FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Mac on YouTube for more Apple news:
Rumor: Apple Watch Series 3 replacement to get Series 4 design, but no ECG - 9to5Mac
Apple’s special event next week is likely to focus primarily on iPad and Apple Watch announcements. Ahead of Tuesday’s event, a pair of leakers on Twitter claim to have new details on Apple’s rumored low-end replacement for the Apple Watch Series 3. Bloomberg…
Apples special event next week is likely to focus primarily on iPad and Apple Watch announcements. Ahead of Tuesdays event, a pair of leakers on Twitter claim to have new details on Apples rumored low-end replacement for the Apple Watch Series 3. Bloomberg reported last week that Apple was planning a new lower-end Apple Watch to replace the aging Series 3 in its lineup. The Apple Watch Series 3 is powered by Apples S3 processor and features a 38mm/42mm design, compared to the 40mm/44mm design of the Series 4 and Series 5. According to Jon Prosser, the upgraded version of the Series 3 will be similar in design to the Series 4, which Apple stopped selling once it introduced the Series 5 last year. This means we can expect the display sizes to increase to 40mm and 44mm, thanks to slimmer bezels and a more rounded design. In an effort to keep the cost down, however, the new lower-end Apple Watch will miss out on ECG functionality as well as the always-on display that we currently get exclusively on the Apple Watch Series 5. Prosser also says that the entry-level Apple Watch will feature Apples M9 motion coprocessor. The Series 4/Series 5 design and lack of ECG for the Apple Watch Series 3 replacement was first (cryptically) reported on Twitter by the reliable source @L0vetodream earlier this week, who also claims that Apple will continue to keep selling the Apple Watch Series 3. Currently, Prosser says that this new Apple Watch is listed as the Apple Watch, while the Series 6 is listed as the Apple Watch Pro. Marketing names for a new Apple products are nearly impossible to predict, and Prosser acknowledges that hes unsure if these are the final marketing names for this years lineup. Apple sells the Apple Watch Series 3 today for $199 with GPS or $299 for GPS and Cellular. The lower price point makes the Series 3 an attractive option for many shoppers, but its unclear what sort of pricing Apple has in store for the upgraded Series 3 purportedly coming next week. Read more: FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Mac on YouTube for more Apple news:
Facebook Messenger adds another chat feature that iOS needs for Messages - 9to5Mac
Facebook has launched a new privacy feature that allows iPhone and iPad users to lock Facebook Messenger with Face ID and Touch ID, here's how to use it.
Facebook Messenger has been updated today with a handy new privacy feature that allows iPhone and iPad users to lock the app with Face ID and Touch ID. The new App Lock feature in Facebook Messenger lets you lock the app and your all you chats behind Face ID/Touch ID on iOS devices (via The Verge) with the functionality coming to Android in “the next few months.” This marks another useful addition to Facebook Messenger that has recently arrived ahead of Apple itself offering the same in its own apps (last week iOS screen sharing debuted in Messenger video calls). With privacy and security being core principles for Apple, being able to lock its Messages app should be on the list of features in the works, however, it wasn’t announced with iOS 14. The new Facebook Messenger App Lock means you can hand off your iPhone or iPad to someone else with less concern about others looking through your messages. However, one caveat to keep in mind: You can still reply to messages from notifications and answer calls while Messenger is locked. So if someone is looking at your device and a new Facebook Messenger message comes through, they could read and respond to it. Maybe Facebook will include greater privacy controls around that in the future.
- In Facebook Messenger, tap your profile icon in the top left corner
- Choose Privacy
- Tap App Lock
- Toggle on Require Face ID/Touch ID
- Tap OK
- After you turn the feature on, you can choose how soon the app locks after you leave it
LinkedIn sued after being caught reading users’ clipboards on iOS 14 - 9to5Mac
LinkedIn was recently caught reading users’ clipboards on iPhone and iPad thanks to the new privacy features of iOS 14, as we reported last week. Even though the company claimed it was due a software bug, there’s now an iPhone user who’s suing LinkedIn for su…
LinkedIn was recently caught reading users clipboards on iPhone and iPad thanks to the new privacy features of iOS 14, as we reported last week. Even though the company claimed it was due a software bug, there’s now an iPhone user who’s suing LinkedIn for supposedly reading sensitive content from the clipboard without permission. According to a Yahoo! Finance report, Adam Bauer filed a lawsuit in the San Francisco federal court arguing that LinkedIn collects personal information from iPhone and iPad users via the system’s clipboard. Bauer complains that LinkedIn may not only have access to private data from the device on which the app is installed, but also from other nearby devices such as a Mac through Apple’s Universal Clipboard feature. The class-action lawsuit lawsuit classifies the problem as an alleged violation of the law or social norms under California laws. LinkedIn hasn’t commented on the situation yet, but the company said a few days ago that the iOS app wasn’t intentionally reading the users’ clipboard, but due to a software bug. iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 includes a new banner alert that lets users know if an app is pasting from the clipboard, which is part of a series of new privacy features Apple is adding to its operating systems this year. This particular clipboard feature is already exposing the behavior of some popular apps like TikTok, AccuWeather, AliExpress, and now LinkedIn. Even after several reports on the web, this is the first time a user has filed a lawsuit based on the new iOS 14 privacy feature and the update has been available to a restricted number of users for just two weeks. We’re yet to know if the court will accept the user’s appeal against LinkedIn. FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Mac on YouTube for more Apple news:
Spotify Premium Duo account launches for couples; Apple Music to follow? - 9to5Mac
The Spotify Premium Duo account first tested more than a year ago has now launched in the US, UK and more than 50 other countries. It enables couples or ...
The Spotify Premium Duo account first tested more than a year ago has now launched in the US, UK, and more than 50 other countries. It enables couples or two home sharers to each have a premium account for a total payment of $12.99 per month. This represents a savings of $2/month over the Premium for Family plan which many couples use at present … In addition to each getting individual premium accounts, Spotify says Duo also gives you a joint playlist selected by Spotify on the basis of your joint tastes. You love Todays Top Hits. Your partner is obsessed with All Out 80s. So deciding who gets to play DJ at home or in the car is a constant battle. Luckily, today Spotify is making it even easier for two people to enjoy music together (or separately) with the launch of Spotify Premium Duo – our new, first-of-its-kind subscription plan. Beginning today, Duo will be rolling out in 55 markets globally, including the U.S. Premium Duo is for two people living at the same home address and costs $12.99 per month. Each individual gets their own Premium account under one plan in addition to the unique benefits like exclusive access to Duo Mix, a regularly updated playlist made just for the two subscribers to discover audio they both love and enjoy together. To sign-up, visit spotify.com/duo and follow the instructions – the two users must reside at the same address to be eligible. Users who havent tried Premium before may be eligible to get the first month of Premium Duo for free. Existing Premium subscribers can switch to Premium Duo by visiting their account page and changing their subscription. Upgrading to Premium Duo allows subscribers to keep their existing Premium accounts along with saved music, podcasts, playlists and recommendations. The Duo Mix allows you to choose between Chill and Upbeat playlists, and you can also opt to filter out explicit songs. You can check whether your country is included by visiting spotify.com/duo. Historically, Apple Music and Spotify have mirrored each other’s membership types, so it is at least possible that Apple will choose to offer a similar account for couples. FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Mac on YouTube for more Apple news:
[Update: iPadOS 14 too] iOS 14 includes new light and dark mode wallpapers, download here - 9to5Mac
As usual, one of the things that excite people most about a new iOS release is the inclusion of new wallpapers. As of right now, iOS 14 includes six new wallpapers and you can download them for your iPhone below. As with all recent iOS wallpapers, iOS 14’s ne…
As usual, one of the things that excite people most about a new iOS release is the inclusion of new wallpapers. As of right now, iOS 14 includes six new wallpapers and you can download them for your iPhone below. As with all recent iOS wallpapers, iOS 14’s new choices are available in light mode and dark mode variants. This means there are 3 to choose from, each available in two different options. These wallpapers are similar to the designs Apple introduced with iOS 13 last year. Wanna take your Mac to the next level with the new macOS 11 Big Sur wallpapers? Check those out here. You can download the iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 wallpapers, in their full resolution, below. Be sure to click through and save the full resolution wallpaper, then set it via the Photos app or Settings app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. As always, it’s possible that Apple will add new wallpapers again in the fall. Apple usually releases a completely new set of wallpapers in conjunction with new hardware, so expect the iPhone 12 update this fall to bring even more choices to the wallpaper selection in iPadOS 14. Read more about iOS 14: iOS 14 wallpapers: iPadOS 14 wallpapers: Thanks to 9to5Mac reader Rohan for sharing these! FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links.More. Check out 9to5Mac on YouTube for more Apple news:
Miss the iOS 14 event? Replay the WWDC keynote on Apple․com, YouTube, more - 9to5Mac
Apple's big announcement keynote has ended but you can catch up on everything with a replay of the WWDC keynote livestream with these options.
Apple’s WWDC keynote just wrapped up and in case you missed it (or want to watch again), this year you can replay the livestream right away on Apple’s website as well as its YouTube channel, Apple Developer app, and more. Apple’s first totally online WWDC keynote is now in the books and the company has announced iOS 14, iPadOS 14, macOS Big Sur, the Mac’s transition to ARM, and much more. If you missed the livestream of the keynote, luckily Apple has already made it available to replay on its website, Apple Developer app, and YouTube (embedded below). Catch up on 9to5Mac’s WWDC coverage:
- WWDC 2020 News Hub and Live Blog Follow along with everything Apple announces
- Apple unveils iOS 14 with new home screen design, widgets, picture in picture, more
- watchOS 7 for Apple Watch: Sleep tracking, face sharing, new workouts including dance, hand washing detection, more
- Apple announces iPadOS 14: new widgets, redesigned apps, handwriting recognition, revamped universal search
- Apple announces tvOS 14 with Home app, audio sharing, multiple user support for Apple Arcade
- Apple announces Mac architecture transition from Intel to its own ARM chips, offers emulation path