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LinkedIn now requires phone number verification for all users in China

LinkedIn’s China site looks and functions just like LinkedIn everywhere else, except now it asks users in the country to verify their identities through phone numbers. The American company is requiring both new and existing users with a Chinese IP address to link mobile phone numbers to their accounts, TechCrunch noticed this week. LinkedIn had for months told its China-based users to provide mobile number details before sending them to the main page, but it had mercifully kept a little “Skip” button that let users avoid the fuss — until at least…

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Apple News has the largest news app audience, says Apple

Dog bites man, tonight at 11.Image: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez / getty It turns out Apple products are good for more than just spying on people.  In an otherwise dreary Jan. 29 earnings call, Apple executives had one standout bit of cheery news for wary investors: Apple News supposedly has the largest audience of any news app. Specifically, according to Apple, the service has 85 million monthly active users.  That number, up from 70 million unique users in 2016, paints a picture of a growing service that is slowly rising to…

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The OG Macintosh computer just turned 35

The screws for Apple's Mac Pro had to be ordered from China, new report claims.Image: CHRISTINA ASCANI/MASHABLE In 2012, Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly announced that one line of Apple’s Mac products will be made in the United States. Well, it never happened for precisely the reasons you’d think of: Supply chain issues. More precisely, according to a New York Times report Monday, Apple couldn’t find enough screws to build the Mac Pro in the United States.  SEE ALSO: Rumors are swirling about Apple’s AirPower wireless charging again The report…

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Apples Anti-repair Policy Goes Public And People Are Furious

As if not being able to charge your phone and plugin your earphones at the same time anymore was not enough, Apple has angered its customers once again. But this time in a different manner. Apple CEO Tim Cook openly stated in a letter to investors that Apple must maintain their iPhone sales at any price. In fact, at an expensive price for those who own an older iPhone and are not willing to buy a new one after the first malfunction appears. Image credits: Image credits:  Almost finished… To…

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An Apple event, but with Bad Lip Reading

Bad Lip Reading has held a special place in my heart longer than just about any other YouTube channel. The formula is just too perfect: take a thing we know, blend it up in a stew of uncanny absurdity, and re-release it into the world. They’ve done it with The Hunger Games, the NFL, and now something readers of this site probably know all too well: a live Apple event. BRB, pre-ordering my Handsome Anthony. Read more: https://techcrunch.com/2018/12/21/an-apple-event-but-with-bad-lip-reading/

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Still a year away from launch, Meg Whitman and Jeffrey Katzenbergs Quibi keeps adding talent

Video won’t start rolling on Meg Whitman and Jeffrey Katzenberg’s new bite-sized streaming service with the billion-dollar backing until the end of 2019, but talent keeps signing up to come along for their ride into the future of serialization. The latest marquee director to sign on the dotted line with Quibi is Catherine Hardwicke, who will be helming a story around the creation of an artificial intelligence with the working title “How They Made Her,” according to an announcement from Katzenberg onstage at the Variety Innovate summit. Whistle called “Benedict Men”…

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MacBook Pro, Apple Watch, Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Instant Pot, KitchenAid, and more on sale for Dec. 13

Save on kitchen gear and laptops.Image: amazon/walmart/best buy/macy’s/mashable photo composite With the weekend almost here, we’ve rounded up the best deals on kitchen gear, laptops, and Amazon devices so you can get the most out of your days off. We also found great deals on online courses from Udemy starting at $10.99 if part of your New Year’s resolution is to learn a new skill. If you’re looking for a last-minute gift, then look no further. Here are the best deals from Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Macy’s, and more for…

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Apple patent filing has us excited about the new AirPods design

Apple is expanding in the U.S. in a big way.Image: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images Apple is planning a major expansion of its operations across the U.S., including a $1 billion investment in a new campus in Austin, Texas, the company announced Thursday.  The plan also includes establishing new sites in Seattle, San Diego, Culver City, as well as expanding in cities including Pittsburgh, New York and Boulder, Colorado over the next three years. Apple plans to create 20,000 new jobs in the U.S. by 2023. Image: Apple The new campus, located…

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Apple to host free coding sessions at stores, rolls out new material for teachers

Apple today opened registration for thousands of free “Hour of Code” sessions taking place at its Apple Store locations around the world from December 1st through the 14th. The sessions are one of several programs the company has underway focused on helping more people learn to code both inside and outside the classroom. For the sixth year, Apple says it will host daily Hour of Code sessions through “Today at Apple.” These take place during the first two weeks of December and will focus on teaching aspiring coders core concepts.…

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Apple’s first 5G iPhone won’t be ready until 2020, report says

Apple's first 5G iPhone could launch in 2020.Image: lili sams / mashable Apple’s first 5G iPhone is still two years away. That’s according to a new report, which says the iPhone maker won’t be 5G ready until 2020. That would put Apple a year behind some of its Android rivals which have said they plan to have 5G phones in 2019. The news, which comes from Fast Company, cites a single source said to have “knowledge of Apple’s plans.” SEE ALSO: 5 things to know about 5G The report also…

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Dunking the iPhone XR in water, tea, beer, and of course … La Croix Technically Speaking

The 2018 MacBook Air comes with a bigger, higher quality display.Image: screenshot: Rachel Kraus/mashable/apple It’s not an envelope moment, but it’s pretty nifty. Apple unveiled a shiny new 2018 MacBook Air at its product launch event in Brooklyn on Tuesday. It’s the most meaningful physical redesign of Apple’s least expensive (and definitely cutest) laptop since 2015. “It’s time for a new MacBook Air, one that takes the MacBook Air experience even further in the areas that are most important to our customers,” Tim Cook said. SEE ALSO: Apple’s Oct. 30…

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Everything Apple unveiled at its iPad event

Apple CEO Tim Cook gave the low-down on new Apple products.Image: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images It feels like we literally just wrapped up a major Apple event with three new iPhones. But wait, there’s more… SEE ALSO: Apple’s Oct. 30 iPad and Mac event: live blog It’s only been a month, and Apple is already releasing more hardware. This time the company held a special media event at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, where it showed off new iPads, MacBooks, a Mac Mini, and even a revamped Apple Pencil.  Here’s…

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Apple adds student ID cards into Apple Wallet to access buildings, buy food and more

The education market has long been one of the cornerstones of growth for Apple’s hardware business, and today the company is leveraging its popularity in it, specifically among college-aged students, to build out a newer effort. Today, Apple started to integrate university student ID cards — used to access buildings, pay for food or books, and any other transactional campus services — into Wallet, its contactless payment system on the Apple Watch and the iPhone. The first schools to come online are Duke University, the University of Alabama and the…

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Apple introduces the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max

Another year, another set of brand spankin’ new iPhones. But this year, little has been left to the imagination as leaks have continued to spring up over the course of the past few months. Today, however, the new iPhone becomes official. Apple has introduced a new models of the premium iPhone, the iPhone XS, which comes in three finishes, gold, silver and space grey. So let’s take a look at the details. Design The new iPhone doesn’t look all that different from the iPhone X, but that is always the…

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