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Apple Watch users could have access to a whole suite of new faces soon

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Gone through all the Apple Watch faces? Apple could be finally opening up the floor to third-party developers for Watch faces, hints a tiny line of code.

Apple has long maintained control over available faces for its Apple Watch, only allowing official partners like Disney and Pixar to release special editions. Customisation for users is currently limited to modifying “complications” on official watch faces, where there’s an ability to pull information from third-party sources.

But a tiny line of code could suggest the company is gearing up to loosen this exclusivity, a clue picked up by 9to5Mac. Read more…

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Box that unlocks iPhones is the hottest new gadget for police

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Law enforcement agencies — despite protests from privacy advocates — have long lobbied to get access to your smartphone.

Now a mysterious U.S. startup called Grayshift — which reportedly has an ex-Apple security engineer on staff — is providing iPhone unlocking tools to cops, according to Motherboard.

GrayKey is a box that measures four by four inches wide, and features two Lightning cables at the front, as per a post by security software company Malwarebytes. 

According to Forbes, Grayshift claims the device only works with iOS 10 and 11, with iOS 9 compatibility slated for the future. Devices ranging from the iPhone X to the 6 are supported, as are various iPad models. Read more…

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Nike ramps up membership benefits with Apple Music, ClassPass and Headspace unlocks for app users

 The top line is that Nike is rolling out some membership related updates to its app for iPhone and Android today. The updates will come in the form of new unlocks with partnerships like ClassPass, Apple and Headspace. There will also be a bunch of new unlocks coming for exclusive shoes and clothing. NikePlus Unlocks, the official name for these cards that appear in the Nike+ app Members… Read More

Apple is offering free repairs if your iPhone 7 won’t connect to a cellular network

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Apple is providing iPhone 7 owners with free repairs if they have one of the “small percentage” of devices that do not properly connect with a cellular network. 

The affected iPhone 7 devices will show “No Service” in the status bar at times even when cellular coverage is available in the area. The defect comes from a failed component on the main logic board, according to Apple’s website

The affected devices were manufactured from Sept. 2016 to Feb. 2018 and were sold in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macao, and the U.S., according to Apple. 

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Apple says iCloud China data migration notice sent to some users in error

 Apple says that an email sent to users with Apple IDs with locations not set to China that their iCloud data was being moved to a Chinese company’s servers was done so accidentally. The Cupertino tech giant had announced Wednesday that next month it will begin the process of moving Chinese users’ iCloud data to servers hosted in China by state-owned Guizhou-Cloud Big Data (GCBD) as… Read More

Those huge CPU vulnerabilities, Meltdown and Spectre, explained

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By now you’ve probably heard. A large portion of the world’s computer processors are vulnerable to at least one of two exploits that render them susceptible to hackers. But what, exactly, is going on — and what can you do to protect yourself?

While the answer to the first question is complicated, thankfully the answer to the second isn’t. It turns out that companies like Google and Microsoft have been working behind the scenes to create patches for what the security community has named Meltdown and Spectre. 

But we’re not out of the woods yet, and, depending on your operating system, you still need to take some proactive measures to make sure your data is safe.  Read more…

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Crunch Report | Apple Apologizes for Slowing Down iPhones

Apple apologizes for slowing down iPhones, humans spent $200 million on apps this Christmas and Google retires the Pixel C tablet. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

Apple’s hand is down and its $1 trillion dream now rests with consumers

 As we head into the end of 2017, it’s pretty safe to say that Apple’s fate — barring any major issue with its phones — is now in the hands of its consumers. With the iPhone X now in stores (if you catch them at the right time), Apple has now laid down its hand and waits to see where consumer demand lands. Read More

Pixelmator Pro is here to make your photos gorgeous

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Photoshop, Gimp, and Paint are solid photo editors, but they can be hard to use if you’re a casual photographer. Now, the team behind Pixelmator is here to help. Today, the company released new software called Pixelmator Pro, an advanced photo-editing app built for Mac. 

Pixelmator Pro is an upgraded version of the company’s existing software that includes upgraded tools and a streamlined workflow. Some of the new tools are also intelligent: The software can learn to straighten photos by detecting the horizon, accurately select and repair objects, and automatically name each of your layers. 

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Crunch Report | Twitter tests a new tweetstorm feature and Tesla unveils a semi truck

 Today’s Stories Apple pushes back on the release of the Homepod Twitter tests a new tweetstorm feature Tesla unveils a new semi truck Walmart will pilot the new Tesla Semis Credits Written by: Sarah Buhr Hosted by: Sarah Buhr Filmed by: Chris Gates Edited by: John Murillo Notes: Tito continues his journey in the Outback this week so you’re with me til Friday. Let’s… Read More

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The AR-powered fighting MekaMon robot goes on sale at Apple Stores

 After selling out of its initial run of 500, U.K.-based Reach Robotics scored a $7.5 million funding round to help it produce a more consumer-ready version of its battling robotics platform. Turns out VCs weren’t the only ones paying close attention to the company’s product: Apple has also been watching the company’s growth with keen interest. Read More

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Thieves stole more than 300 iPhone X devices from a UPS truck

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Even your iPhones are not safe.

More than 300 iPhones have been stolen from a UPS track in San Francisco, with the thieves making away with some $300,000 worth of products.

The thieves staked out the truck and grabbed a shipment, before it managed to deliver to an Apple store at the Stonestown Galleria shopping mall in San Francisco, according to news outlet CBS SF. 

They broke in and took all the smartphones whilst the UPS driver was at Macy’s making a delivery.

The thieves are still at large, and police are asking for help in tracking them down. 

“A witness observed three unidentified suspects wearing hooded sweatshirts exit a white Dodge van,” San Francisco Police Department Captin Rick Yick said. Read more…

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Crunch Report | Hey Dillon Francis, iPhone X Is Now Available For Pre-Order

Today we’re hanging out with EDM artist Dillon Francis, Apple opens for iPhone X pre-orders and releases a sleeve for MacBooks, Walmart starts using robots in stores and Russia condemns Twitter for banning two of its media companies from advertising on the platform. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

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Crunch Report | AOL Instant Messenger Is Shutting Down

AOL Instant Messenger is shutting down, some iPhone 8s are having battery problems and a smart bandage that releases meds on demand. All this on Crunch Report! Read More

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Apple explains what went wrong with Face ID at the iPhone X event

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During Apple’s big event Tuesday, Craig Federighi tried to unlock an iPhone X using Apple’s new face recognition system, Face ID, but something went wrong: The phone asked for a passcode, and Federighi quickly replaced it with another iPhone X, which worked as advertised. 

Now, in a statement to Yahoo, Apple has explained what happened during the presentation. 

“People were handling the device for the stage demo ahead of time and didn’t realize Face ID was trying to authenticate their face. After failing a number of times, because they weren’t Craig, the iPhone did what it was designed to do, which was to require his passcode,” an Apple rep told YahooRead more…

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All the new Apple iPhone features we know about from that big iOS 11 leak

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Apple kinda sorta just spoiled its own big event by letting slip some of the biggest updates coming to the new iPhone and Apple Watch. 

We’ve already detailed some of the possible new emoji goodies, Apple Watch updates, and iPhone naming updates, but there’s also a few other features revealed in the iOS 11 firmware leak.   

The massive outpouring of information includes a new set of wallpapers that feature Apple’s traditional abstract color patterns, images of flowers, and the planet Earth, as well as a new set of retro-style rainbow color patterns.  Read more…

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Here's the first 6 minutes of the 'Carpool Karaoke: The Series' premiere

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James Corden’s mega-popular segment now has an Apple flavor.

You can catch the first six minutes of the premiere episode of Carpool Karaoke: The Series, which released on Tuesday night, as part of a 16-episode season for Apple Music.

Will Smith is the first guest, and they open with a rendition of “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It.” Then they get into a very over-the-top version of “Boom! Shake The Room,” while also discussing if Smith would ever play Barack Obama. 

There’s also a teaser of other hosts and guests, such Gwyneth Paltrow (an easy choice, given she’s in another of Apple’s shows, Planet of the Apps), Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner from Game of Thrones, and Billy Eichner singing it out with Metallica, of all people. Read more…

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VCs determined to replace your job keep AI’s funding surge rolling in Q2

 These are good times for AI entrepreneurs. Venture, corporate and seed investors have put an estimated $3.6 billion into AI and machine learning companies this year, according to Crunchbase data. That’s more than they invested in all of 2016, marking the largest recorded sum ever put into the space in a comparable period. Read More

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Apple iPhone 8's new 'color' might turn your phone into a portable mirror

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A new rumor from leaker Benjamin Geskin says Apple’s upcoming OLED iPhone — or iPhone 8, if that’s what it’ll be called — will come in four colors, including an entirely new one: “mirror.”

Geskin shared no details about the new color, and the photos he supplied were photos of an iPhone in a mirror-colored case, not photos of the iPhone 8.

2017 OLED iPhone – four colors. New one – mirror likepic.twitter.com/BFBBpBQ2Vm

— Benjamin Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1) July 8, 2017

We haven’t heard that particular rumor before, but it does make sense. With nearly every iPhone launch, Apple has been able to dictate the hot smartphone color of the year — with the iPhone 7 it was Jet Black, with the iPhone 6S it was Rose Gold, and with the iPhone 5S it was GoldRead more…

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Apple ARKit user puts a color changing Tesla Model 3 in his driveway before the car's release

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Elon Musk is working hard to make Tesla vehicles everyone can afford, but the only available versions of the tech-centric electric vehicle are still too pricey for some of us — but not in augmented reality! 

That’s what one Norway-based 3D designer decided when he used Apple’s new ARKit to create his own augmented reality version of the upcoming Tesla Model 3. 

Posting a video of the ARKit-created app on Twitter on Saturday, creator Jelmer Verhoog show off how it allows you to choose the color of your Model 3 while seeing how it looks in your own driveway.  Read more…

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Crunch Report | Apple Rolls Out Early Version Of Its Safe Driving Feature

Crunch Report June 22 Today’s Stories  Do Not Disturb While Driving feature rolls out in Apple’s newest iOS 11 beta Sean Parker has left Spotify’s board; Padmasree Warrior, Thomas Staggs join in lead up to IPO Trump might kill next month’s new startup visa before it takes effect Facebook is testing a feature to prevent profile pictures being abused by other users Tantan, China’s… Read More

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Is Andy Rubin's Essential Phone the iPhone killer we've been waiting for?

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Android inventor Andy Rubin finally took the wraps off his newest toy: the Essential Phone.

Yes, it’s an Android phone in an extremely saturated smartphone market and it’s wildly different from the second you look at its futuristic display. But can it dethrone the iPhone?

This week’s MashTalk is hosted by Mashable Senior Tech Correspondent Raymond Wong and Chief Correspondent Lance Ulanoff.

If there’s anyone who can make you care about yet another rectangular slab, it’s Rubin. His new phone, the Essential Phone, is unequivocally designed for the future. Read more…

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WTF is Apple doing with a secret, car-focused office in Berlin?

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Hey Apple: WTF is going on in Germany?

The Cupertino company might be up to something on the down low in Deutschland, according to Business Insider‘s Sam Shead. The reporter investigated rumors of a secret Apple office focused on automotive development in Berlin, following an initial leak last year that Apple was snatching up German engineering talent in the wake of Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia.  

It took almost half a year, but Shead’s tenacity appears to have paid off. He claims to have found the office smack dab in the middle of Berlin, in a nondescript building overlooking the city’s famous Gendarmenmarkt square area. Read more…

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Apple might reveal a new iPad next month

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A redesigned iPad Pro might be announced next month.

9to5Mac has obtained an image of what it claims is an inventory listing for cases for an iPad Pro with a 10.5-inch screen — an iPad that doesn’t exist yet.

According to the listing, Urban Armor Gear (UAG) is preparing to ship folio cases made for a 10.5-inch iPad Pro in June. 

Case leaks are a dime a dozen and nothing new when it comes to revealing unannounced products, but the fact that UAG, a major case maker, is throwing its weight behind what is only a rumored iPad Pro suggests Apple might not wait until the fall to revamp its most powerful tablet. Read more…

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The word “sheeple” is now in the dictionary, with Apple fans as example

Merriam-Webster added “sheeple” to their dictionary. It’s defined as “people who are docile, compliant, or easily influenced : people likened to sheep.” Here’s one of the two usage examples they include:

Apple’s debuted a battery case for the juice-sucking iPhone—an ungainly lumpy case the sheeple will happily shell out $99 for

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Crunch Report | Elon Musk’s Tunnel Vision Gets Rendered

Elon Musk shows off a video about his tunnel boring company, The Boring Company, a self-driving Apple test vehicle is spotted in the wild and Cloudera and Carvana each price their IPO at $15; one does well, the other not so much. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

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Crunch Report | ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Trailer…Woooah

The Last Jedi Star Wars trailer is released, Facebook runs ads in French newspapers educating people on fake news and Apple gets permission from the DMV to start testing self-driving cars. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

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Apple might have a secret team working on glucose sensor technology for diabetes

 Apple has hired a group of biomedical researchers to work on a secret project to monitor diabetic patients using sensors, according to a CNBC report. An estimated 371 million people have the disease worldwide and in the last few years, several tech companies have been trying to come up with better solutions to help those afflicted. Virta is a newly launched startup tackling type 2 diabetes… Read More

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Apple could bring the Touch Bar to even more keyboards because duh

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One of Apple’s latest innovations could be making its way to even more keyboards. 

A newly granted trio of patents shows Apple might be working to bring its Touch Bar tech to more devices than just the MacBook Pro line. The Touch Bar famously debuted with the 2016 MacBook Pro, replacing the row of function keys with a much more functional super-responsive OLED touch panel. 

Since the computer’s release last November, the Touch Bar has been used in countless different ways, from the functional to the frivolous, and it’s proven to be a killer addition to the keyboard we never knew we needed — even if it’s not as sexy as some of Apple’s fanboys would’ve liked. Bringing it to more keyboards is just the next logical step. Read more…

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Truecaller gets payment support and Duo integration as it trickles to feature phones

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For Truecaller, an app that offers real-time caller ID and spam protection, the past two years have been nothing short of a rollercoaster ride. 

On one hand, the eight-year-old service continues to grow strongly in developing markets, and has also chalked out plans to attract people globally.

On the other hand, several features that made Truecaller so popular are now shipping out of the box with iPhone and Android smartphones. 

So what does the Swedish company doing to survive in the market? Partnerships, mostly, it said today at an event in New Delhi.  Read more…

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Crunch Report | Walmart Acquires Modcloth

Apple investing $500 Million into R&D Centers in China, Walmart acquires Modcloth, and John Mannes reports to us about his trip at South by Southwest. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

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Apple is opening new stores in Downtown Miami, Cologne and Nanjing

 While Apple’s retail team is currently remodeling all its stores, the company is also opening brand new stores around the world. Apple is opening a flagship store in Downtown Miami, a new store in a historic building in Cologne and a third store in Nanjing.
Last weekend, Apple reopened the 35th remodeled store across 18 different states. “Almost 50 percent of the stores in the U.S. Read More

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Apple's USB-C plans might not kill the Lightning connector

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Calm down, Apple fans. We’re probably not going to lose the Lightning connector — not with the iPhone 8, at least.

The Wall Street Journal dropped a bombshell on the tech world earlier this week with a report claiming Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 will ditch the company’s standard Lightning connector in favor of a USB-C port. This would be a huge move for Apple – on par with the iPhone 7 killing the headphone jack – as a shift in charging ports would leave loyal iPhone adherents with piles of Lightning-dependent accessories in the lurch

However, new information claims all three of this year’s iPhone models will keep the the Lightning connector, but they’ll adopt USB-C Power Delivery technology for super-fast charging speeds. Reliable Apple insider Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities shared the news in his latest research note, which first surfaced on MacRumors.     Read more…

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Nearly one year after launch, Apple Pay finds limited traction in China

An employee works on a laptop computer as he talks with a customer near a sheet showing accepted methods of payment, including Apple Pay, top left, at an Apple Store in Beijing, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016. Apple Inc. on Thursday launched its smartphone-based payment system in China where the electronic payments market is already dominated by an arm of e-commerce giant Alibaba. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein) Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on TechNode, an editorial partner of TechCrunch based in China. After a slow start, Apple Pay is now dominating its home country, the United States, but the same can’t be said of China where it is up against a different set of challenges. Data from Boston Retail Partners shows that Apple Pay is now accepted by 36 percent of merchants in… Read More

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Xiaomi just announced its own processor

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Moving beyond smartphones, laptops, and accessories, Chinese technology giant Xiaomi made a foray into the processor business, joining companies such as Apple and Samsung that use self-designed processors in their smartphones. 

On Tuesday, Xiaomi announced the much-anticipated Surge S1, the first SoC (system-on-chip) it has built with Beijing Pinecone Electronics, a company it owns. 

The Surge S1 is a mid-range SoC, which Xiaomi is positioning as a competitor to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625, and MediaTek’s P20 and P10. In a slideshow with benchmark data of all the aforementioned chips, Xiaomi claimed that its processor topped performance.  Read more…

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Wireless Apple CarPlay will finally come to more cars

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Apple’s CarPlay in-vehicle infotainment system has been around since 2014 — and since then, it’s been tethered to car dashboards by a Lightning connection like any another anonymous AUX cord.  

It’s not for any lack of trying on Apple’s part — the company announced an update for wireless CarPlay almost two years ago at the 2015 Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC). Problem is, the makers of the infotainment systems included in most new cars have been slow to integrate the wireless capability into their interfaces.  

The first domino has fallen, however, as car infotainment giant Harman announced its products will support wireless CarPlay, claiming to be the first in its industry with the capability. The company has  partnerships with automakers like Chrysler, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Jeep, Toyota and more, so a whole range of future car models could wind up with the tech.  Read more…

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Crunch Report | Apple’s New Campus Will Open in April

Apple’s new campus will open in April, never-ending turnover at Twitter, Instagram adds a carousel feature and Snapdeal to lay off 500-600 people. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

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Apple’s new campus ‘Apple Park’ will open in April

apple-park-photo-1-building-trees This grand opening has been years in the making. Apple’s new campus now has a name and an opening date. It’ll be called Apple Park and the first employees will move in April 2017.
As 12,000 Apple employees are going to work there, the move isn’t going to an easy task. It’s going to take roughly six months to have everyone there. While April is the grand opening… Read More

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Apple will launch 4 new iPads in March, report claims

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Hold on to your seats, iPad fans: Apple might revamp its entire iPad lineup as soon as March 2017. 

According to a report from Macotakara (link partially in Japanese), Apple will launch a quartet of iPad Pro machines, in four sizes: 12.9, 10.5, 9.7 and 7.9 inches. 

The 12.9- and the 9.7-inch models will obviously be a continuation of the current iPad Pro lineup. The 10.5-inch tablet would be a new model, while the 7.9 would likely replace the iPad mini. 

This contradicts some earlier reports which never mentioned the iPad mini. However, Macotakara reported once before — in October 2016 — that an “iPad mini Pro” will be coming. Note that in that report, the outlet claimed the all-new iPad Pro will have a 10.9-inch screen, not a 10.5-inch one.  Read more…

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Apple responds to people's tweets with entire commercials

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When it comes to fielding customer service questions on Twitter, most companies are content to respond with a simple at-reply. 

But Apple is thinking different.

The Cupertino tech giant just released a series of iPad Pro commercials, each of which address an individual customer’s social media concern. 

The ads each feature an actor holding a giant print-out of a tweet, while chatting with a helpful narrator. The tweets and usernames are real, but the avatars have been changed to match their presenters.

The idea is to demonstrate how the iPad might help with some of the real frustrations people have with their laptops. Read more…

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Crunch Report | Elon Musk’s Tunnel Project

Apple’s WWDC moves to San Jose, an update on Elon Musk’s tunnel project, Google makes an update that plays piano duets and Google Home steps on Alexa’s turf. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

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