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Weakening US Dollar poised to boost Apple’s sales performance overseas

It no longer appears likely that Apple’s overseas earnings can be repatriated back to the United States at more favorable tax rates this year, as plans for tax reform–including deep cuts to health care spending aimed at enabling a…

Minibrew raises $2.8 million to help you make your own beer

 The Minibrew is a little keg with a big brain. When we first met the company in 2015 they offered a whiff of high tech to the brewing process, adding a monitored brew vessel and mobile app to the age-old technique of slopping a bunch of wheat, ye…

Which iPhone upgrade program is the best?

While Apple has a relatively small number of iPhone variants to choose from compared to many smartphone manufacturers, the amount of ways to buy an iPhone can be overwhelming. With most carriers in the U.S. moving away from two-year contracts and subsidized devices, full-price or installment plans are the primary ways to purchase an iPhone.

Since all installment plans or iPhone upgrade programs from the major U.S. carriers and Apple offer 0% interest, these options can be a good fit for a lot of consumers. While many of these plans are relatively similar, they all have their differences. Follow along for a detailed breakdown to find out which iPhone upgrade program is best for you.

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Apple may have structured its Nokia settlement with its Qualcomm lawsuit in mind

When it comes to press releases announcing major patent licensing deals, the slightest change…

Apple prepares to test 5G cellular for future iPhones & other devices

Apple has filed an application with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to start testing 5G connectivity, laying the groundwork for its first capable hardware.

1Password adding new Travel Mode security feature for leaving sensitive information behind

1Password is launching a new feature for members called Travel Mode that makes it easier to remove sensitive information from the app. The idea behind Travel Mode is to give users the ability to flip a switch and instantly delete information from 1Password on your iPhone to prevent sharing sensitive information in the event of a mandatory search.

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WTF is an ICO?

 A newly famous transaction type we need to understand is called the “Initial Coin Offering.” An ICO is akin to an IPO, but in temporal reverse (sort of). Although confusing, it has recently acquired prominence as a favored way to launch a new cryptocurrency. Read More

WWDC 2017 predictions: What to expect from Apple

Apple’s WWDC 2017 will be held on Monday, June 5th at 10 AM Pacific…

Apple Files FCC Application to Test Next-Generation 5G Wireless Technology

Apple is planning to test next-generation 5G wireless technologies, according to an application document filed with the FCC and discovered by Business Insider.

Apple applied for an experimental license to test wireless technology on millimeter wave spectrum bands. Millimeter wave bands provide higher bandwidth and throughput up to 10Gb/s, but are limited by line of sight issues that cause problems in dense urban areas.

“Apple Inc. seeks to assess cellular link performance in direct path and multipath environments between base station transmitters and receivers using this spectrum,” Apple wrote in its application.

“These assessments will provide engineering data relevant to the operation of devices on wireless carriers’ future 5G networks,” it continued.

Apple will test the technology in two locations in Milpitas and Cupertino over a period of time that is not expected to exceed 12 months, using equipment sourced from Rohde and Schwarz, A.H. Systems, and Analog Devices. Apple will use the 28 and 39 GHz bands, which were among those opened up by the FCC last year for the purpose of next-generation 5G broadband.

It’s not entirely clear why Apple is planning to test millimeter wave performance or the purpose behind the testing. Cellular carriers like AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile are currently testing 5G networks in preparation to deploy the next-generation technology in the coming years.

Apple could perhaps be preparing its future iPhones to take advantage of 5G technology, or the company may have some other purpose in mind. As Business Insider points out, the 28GHz band in particular could be of interest as it has been earmarked for earth-to-space transmissions, an area Apple has been exploring based on recent hires with satellite expertise.

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1Password adds a travel mode to frustrate snooping customs agents

 If you travel a lot, especially internationally, a new worry being added to the pile is the threat of being forced to unlock your phone for a customs agent. 1Password has a handy solution for this in the form of Travel Mode, which temporarily dea…

Think Before You Tweet In the Wake of an Attack

Terrorists use social media to recruit, but they also depend on you and the media to use it to amplify their message. The post Think Before You Tweet In the Wake of an Attack appeared first on WIRED.

Apple testing ‘millimeter wave’ 5G wireless technology, experimental license shows

Apple appears to be testing next-generation 5G data speeds, Business Insider reports. The specific wireless technology is called millimeter wave which could ultimately improve cellular performance for iPhones and other connected devices.

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CEO who sold furniture to Steve Jobs now aims Ford Motor Co. at the future

Jim Hackett once sold office furniture to Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs…

Merlon Intelligence raises $7.65 million in seed financing to combat money laundering

 Flightcaster, Prismatic and now Merlon Intelligence. Bradford Cross, founder of the venture capital firm Data Collective is a known figure in the ranks of VCs who have caught the entrepreneurship bug, abandoning what could have been a cushy lifestyle for one with considerably more volatility. His third startup, Merlon Intelligence, services banks, helping them cut down on risk and put a… Read More

A Campus Murder Tests Facebook Clicks as Evidence of Hate

The FBI is investigating whether Richard Collins III’s murder was a hate crime. Would membership in a racist Facebook group hold up in court as evidence? The post A Campus Murder Tests Facebook Clicks as Evidence of Hate appeared first on WIRED.

How to keep your Mac efficient and well maintained

With continuous use, the efficiency can decrease and a Mac may start behaving erratically…

India offers tax concessions to Apple to expand production

The tax concessions will be subject to the condition of increasing local value addition over a period of time…

Uber inadvertently underpaid New York City drivers for over two years

(Reuters) – Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] said on Tuesday it underpaid its New York City drivers for the past two-and-a-half years, an error that could cost the ride-hailing company tens of millions of dollars.

Solved: iPad Pro vs. MacBook vs. Pro

Apple gives customers a few choices, but maybe not the best choices…

Feature Request: iPad Workouts Dashboard for Apple Watch exercises

I sometimes use my iPad at the gym to watch videos or read iBooks to pass time while exercising with the elliptical or treadmill. The tablet form factor is sleek and doesn’t draw attention to itself, and the iPad usually lays over whatever screen the gym equipment offers.

This works well because I usually ignore the heart rate trackers and progress indicators on exercise equipment and just rely on my Apple Watch for workout data. I glance at my wrist to check my progress and view metrics while using the iPad for entertainment.

Over the weekend I used a hotel gym that offered exercise machines with large screens and an easy-to-use interface, however, that made me think of how the iPad could be used for more…

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The US Lags Behind in Meteorology. Under Trump, It May Get Worse

As the White House considers budget slashes and new leadership for NOAA, scientists worry our weather predictions will get even worse. The post The US Lags Behind in Meteorology. Under Trump, It May Get Worse appeared first on WIRED.

How Apple’s market value gets to $1 trillion

For investors seeking a piece of Apple, there’s still significant upside to be had…

Apple HR head Denise Young Smith takes up new role as VP for ‘Inclusion and Diversity’

Apple’s human resources leader — Denise Young Smith — has taken up a new role within the company as its VP for Inclusion and Diversity, according to her LinkedIn profile.

‘Today at Apple’ could put Apple’s growth troubles in the rearview mirror

The Apple Store has always been more than a place to buy stuff…

Apple’s Latest Transparency Report Shows Spike in U.S. Government Data Requests

Apple last night released its latest transparency report [PDF] outlining government data requests from July 1 to December 31, 2016. According to the data, which features several new request categories, Apple is making an effort to be as clear as possib…

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