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Microsoft delays its new Surface Earbuds launch to spring 2020

Tom Warren, writing for The Verge: Microsoft had been planning to launch its new Surface Earbuds “later this year,” but the company is now delaying the wireless earbuds to spring 2020. “Product-making is about the relentless pursuit to get all the details right, which takes time… sometimes more than we planned on,” explains Microsoft’s chief […]

Tim Cook on China

ABC News: China is not just where the company produces its iPhones, it’s a very lucrative market for the Cupertino, California-based tech company. The Apple chief said that he doesn’t want to “speculate” on how the next round of China tariffs could raise the price of iPhones. “I’m hoping that the U.S. and China come […]

Apple Card’s Algorithm Problem

David Heinemeier Hansson (video): Jamie Heinemeier Hansson: I care about transparency and fairness. It’s why I was deeply annoyed to be told by AppleCard representatives, “It’s just the algorithm,” and “It’s just your credit score.” I have had credit in the US far longer than David. I have never had a single late payment. I do […]

John Gruber: 16-inch MacBook Pro First Impressions

John Gruber: Apple today is releasing its much-rumored new 16-inch MacBook Pro. It is full of good news. Yesterday, Apple held a series of roundtable briefings for the media in New York. There was an on-the-record introduction followed by an off-the-record series of demos.1 The introduction was led by MacBook Pro product manager Shruti Haldea, along with […]

Apple TV, Apple TV, Apple TV, and Apple TV+

Dustin Curtis: Apple TV is a hardware device. Apple TV is an app on Apple TV that curates content you can buy from Apple and also content you can stream through other installed apps (but not all apps, and there is no way to tell which ones). Apple TV is an app on iOS/iPadOS devices […]

Electron Apps Are Being Rejected from the Mac App Store for Calling Private Apis

Michael Tsai: So there are a multiple problems here: 1. It’s (apparently) impossible for Chromium to get competitive performance and battery life without using private API, which Safari freely uses. 2. Apple probably has good reasons for keeping these APIs private. 3. Private API has always been banned, but Apple has been accepting these apps […]

Facebook says 100 developers might have improperly accessed Groups member data

Adi Robertson, writing for The Verge: Facebook says that even after it locked down its Groups system last year, some app developers retained improper access to information about members. A company blog post reports that roughly 100 developers might have accessed user information since Facebook changed its rules in April of 2018, and at least 11 accessed member […]

Jason Snell on Apple TV+

Jason Snell: In the regular phone call with Wall Street analysts, Apple CEO Tim Cook tried very hard to get investors excited about Apple’s opportunities to make lots of money while not making it seem like Apple’s lost its soul in the process. […] The analysts wanted to understand why Apple, after spending billions of […]

Google buys Fitbit for $2.1 billion

The Verge: Google has just announced that it’s buying wearable company Fitbit for $2.1 billion. In a blog post announcing the news, Google SVP of devices and services Rick Osterloh said that the Fitbit purchase is “an opportunity to invest even more in Wear OS as well as introduce Made by Google wearable devices into the market.” […]