Saturday, April 17

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Apple, News, Samsung, Tablets & Computers

Global PC Shipments Up 35 Percent in Q4 2020: Report

The global PC market increased 35 percent year-over-year, as shipping reached 143.7 million units in the fourth quarter of 2020. A new Canalys report reveals that total shipments for 2020 increased by 17 percent to 458.2 million units, which is the highest volume since 2015. "The holiday quarter brought continued strength to tablets, with shipments reaching an all-time high of 52.8 million units, for a total of 160.6 million units in 2020 and a 28 percent growth over 2019 ", highlights the report. Lenovo led the market in the final quarter of 2020 and throughout the year, reaching shipments of 28.8 million and 87 million units, respectively. “Thanks to a stellar performance on iPads, Apple, which ranked second, closed the gap with Lenovo and shipped 26.4 mi...
Amazon, Apple, Apple TV, Apps & Games, Netflix, News

Apple lands Sundance coming-of-age movie ‘CODA’ in record sale

Apple has reportedly paid a record $ 25 million (about C $ 31.9 million) to buy a Sundance movie. according to Deadline. The company beat out Amazon and Netflix for the coming-of-age movie titled CODA (children of deaf adults). Amazon was reportedly eager to buy the movie, but may not have had room in its 2021 lineup, while Netflix also showed interest. CODA centers on a high school student, played by Emilia Jones, who is the only hearing person in her deaf family. When her family's fishing business is in trouble, she is torn between providing for her family or pursuing her love of music. This is the largest deal ever made at the Sundance Film Festival. From Hulu Palm springs it previously held the record after it sold for $ 22.5 million (about C $ 28.7 ...
Hyundai Executives Reportedly ‘Divided’ Over Possible Auto Partnership With Apple
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Hyundai Executives Reportedly ‘Divided’ Over Possible Auto Partnership With Apple

A new report from Reuters It indicates that Hyundai executives are divided over whether to forge a partnership with Apple related to the tech giant's autonomous electric vehicle ambitions.The report also mentions that Hyundai recently accidentally confirmed that it is currently in talks with Apple during a recent earnings call. Some reports suggest that Hyundai could hand over the Apple Car project to Kia, a company in which it has a significant stake and with which it has a partnership."We are agonizing over how to do it, whether it is good to do it or not," said a Hyundai executive aware of the internal discussions, according to Reuters. “We are not a company that makes cars for third parties. It's not that working with Apple always produces great results. " The story goes on...
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Apple’s next iPhone could include an optical in-display fingerprint sensor

It looks like Apple's next line of iPhone, possibly called the iPhone 13, could feature an in-display fingerprint sensor with Face ID by switching to a secondary biometric authentication option. According to The Wall Street Journal Joanna sternApple has been experimenting with in-display fingerprint technology for several years, and it could finally make its way to the next generation of iPhones. Stern says he was briefed on the new feature by a former Apple employee, who claimed the company is working with optical sensors for on-screen fingerprint authentication, rather than an ultrasonic sensor because "it may be more reliable." While on-screen optical sensors like the ones featured on OnePlus' high-end smartphone use light to map a fingerprint, ultrasonic scanners like th...
Apple, Apps & Games, News

Many apps on Apple’s App Store feature ‘misleading’ privacy labels: report

In mid-December 2020, Apple released privacy labels on the App Store. The labels offered bite-size information, similar to a nutrition label, about the types of data collected by the apps. Although labels can help inform users about the privacy implications of different applications, they may also not be accurate. The Washington Post Geoffrey Fowler did a deep analysis of the new privacy labels and discovered that several were false. Fowler highlighted some apps that collected data despite using privacy labels that they say they don't. For example, 'Satisfying Slime Simulator' shared a way to identify Fowler's iPhone with Facebook, Google, and another service called 'GameAnalytics'. On top of that, it sent the iPhone ID, battery level, free storage space, general location, and ...
Apple, News, Wearables & Gadgets

The sPot is a modified iPod that can stream music from Spotify

I will never forget the day my iPod Classic died. He had just started working on Postmedia's now-defunct Canada.com publication. I got up from my desk to get a glass of water, and unfortunately, on the way to the kitchen, my iPod Classic fell out of its back pocket onto the floor, causing its hard drive to be completely unresponsive. At the time, I didn't think much of this incident as I had already started to change my music by listening to Rdio and then finally Spotify. Still, every now and then when I see Apple's classic portable music player, I get nostalgic for the time when we actually walked around with thousands of MP3s in our pockets. As a result, whenever a story comes up involving a modified version of the classic Apple iPod, it always piques my interest. Although we ha...
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Developer Modifies 4th Gen iPod to Stream Spotify

Many of us probably have fond memories of rolling the wheel on Apple iPods in the past. At the time, it was a cutting edge piece of technology that could play all of our favorite music. Now, the technology has advanced to the point where we are no longer restricted to 20GB of memory to store our music, as streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music have taken over. Although, for the developer Guy Dupont, took it upon himself to give the 2004 iPod Classic some love to modernize it as best he could. Via Gizmodo, Dupont modified the 17-year-old iPod so that it could stream Spotify wirelessly. In reality, this meant that many of the internals of the fourth-generation iPod had to be removed. Putting down the case and click wheel, Dupont emptied the body to begin his work....
Apple, Apps & Games, News

Apple says it had its ‘highest volume of FaceTime calls’ last Christmas

Apple posted record FaceTime usage during the 2020 holidays, the company revealed as part of its recent earnings report. In an earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple had "the highest volume of FaceTime calls this Christmas." However, he did not mention exactly how many calls were made. Naturally, this growth can be attributed to people staying home and distant amid the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Apple also benefited from having more devices in people's hands during the holidays. According to Cook, Apple had a "record number of device activations" when it came to the iPhone. On top of that, he said there are now more than 1 billion active iPhones, with a total of active Apple devices at 1.65 billion. So it's easy to see ho...
Apple, Business, Facebook, Privacy & Cloud, Security

Apple CEO Tim Cook talks about privacy and targets social media companies like Facebook

Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke at the European Union data protection conference: CPDP, where he condemned companies that treat any compromise as a good compromise. During his talk, Cook covered Apple's concerns about privacy and security in technology, while also taking the opportunity to talk about some of the company's recent moves to help protect user privacy. For example, Cook praised the EU and its GDPR regulation for protecting user data and said it was time for the United States and other countries to pass similar laws. Additionally, Cook said that before massive technology platforms made it easy for ad giants to invade people's privacy, ad businesses thrived. He also pointed to Facebook, although he did not mention the name o...
Apple, Huawei, News, Phones

Apple Retakes Second Place in Global Smartphone Shipment Rankings: Report

Apple overtook Huawei to regain its position as the world's second-best-selling smartphone maker in 2020, according to company research reports. Counterpoint and Canalys. As expected, Samsung remains at the top in terms of devices shipped, followed by Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo, three China-based companies that do not officially sell their devices in Canada. In 2019, similar research reports revealed that Huawei managed to overtake Apple for second place. Since then, US trade sanctions have hit Huawei hard, although the China-based company continues to sell its smartphones in Canada. The most recently launched Huawei smartphone in Canada is the Mate 30 Pro. That said, the device does not have access to the Google Play Store and inste...
Accessories, Apple, News

You can now buy replacement AirPods Max ear pads in Canada

Separate AirPods ear pads are now available for Apple's high-end AirPods Max. The air cushions, which magnetically adhere to the AirPods Max, are available in 'Silver', 'Black', 'Green', 'Sky Blue' and 'Red'. As expected, they also cost a expensive $ 85 premium. Still, the fact that they can be easily put on and taken off is great, especially when you compare it to the difficult process usually required to change most headphones, especially Apple-owned Beats. It's also worth noting that you can create different AirPods Max color combinations by purchasing multiple cushions. For example, combining Silver AirPods Max with black ear pads looks surprisingly cool. While I'm still impressed with Apple's pricey $ 779 on-ear headphones b...
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App Tracking Transparency Coming Soon to iOS and iPadOS

In a move that is sure to annoy the big dogs of advertising and delight privacy-conscious consumers, Apple is finally gearing up to launch its 'App Tracking Transparency' feature that limits the way iOS apps can track and share your data with third parties. This feature was first mentioned during the iOS 14 reveal at WWDC in the summer of 2020, but its release was later delayed until the spring of this year. With that said, spring is just around the corner, and the first versions of App Tracking Transparency will begin to block access to your iPhone or iPad identifier of advertisers (IDFA) in the upcoming beta version of iOS 14. If you're unfamiliar with data privacy, reading Apple's 'A Day in the Life of Your Data' report is a ...