Trump administration looks to carry out electronics travel ban from six Muslim-majority countries

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Date: Thursday, March 23rd, 2017, 05:14
Category: Hardware, iPad, News, security

The travel ban now applies to some devices coming into the U.S. from some flights.

The Trump administration has banned devices larger than a smartphone in the passenger cabin of flights coming to the U.S. from several airports in Muslim-dominant countries. The ban restricts iPads and other tablets, Kindle ebook readers, notebooks, and other larger electronic devices to checked luggage over terrorism concerns.

The policy was announced earlier this week and covers direct flights to the U.S. from Cairo, Istanbul, Kuwait City, Doha, Casablanca, Amman, Riyadh, Jeddah, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi. Specific airlines includes in the ban include Royal Jordanian Airlines, Egypt Air, Turkish Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways, Emirates, and Etihad Airways.

At present, the airlines have until Friday to comply with the electronics ban.

No specific terrorist threat has been cited by the Trump administration, although it’s been thought that militants may want to disguise bombs in electronic devices. Representatives from the administration have stated that the electronics ban isn’t related to the controversial travel ban being pushed forward regarding the six nations with Muslim-majority populations. These countries presently include Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen.

It’s also been noted that a similar electronics ban being carried out in the U.K. was triggered from intelligence gathered during a U.S. raid in Yemen earlier this year.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via The Mac Observer and Reuters

Apple announces updated iPad Air, iPad mini units, will go on sale this Friday

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Date: Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017, 05:19
Category: Hardware, iPad, News, Processors, retail

The new iPads were announced today.

And it looks like there’s some good stuff coming your way at a decent price.

Apple has bolstered the low end of its iPad lineup and discontinued the iPad Air 2. In its place is a new model that looks exactly the same, with a 9.7-inch retina screen, Touch ID, 32GB or 128GB of storage, and the same color choices (silver, gold, and space gray). The tablet sports an A9 processor identical to the one found in the iPhone 6s and the usual 10-hour battery. That’s a relatively small upgrade over the 8X chip that was in the iPad Air 2, but the price for the entry-level iPad has dropped from $399 to $299, which was once the price of the iPad mini.

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Apple announces red iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus

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Date: Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017, 05:14
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, retail, Uncategorized

The red iPhone 7 arrived today.

For the first time, the handset is now available in red. The new Product (RED) iPhone features a red aluminum finish, and is launching as part of Apple’s partnership with (RED).

Apple’s partnership with (RED) involves highlighting the AIDS fundraising campaign with red-themed designs for products and apps. Apple recently turned its App Store and associated top apps the color red for the world AIDS day.

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iTunes 12.6 out the door, now includes “rent once, watch anywhere” feature

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Date: Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017, 05:14
Category: iOS, iTunes, News, Software, TvOS

This could come in handy.

Apple on Tuesday released iTunes 12.6, complete with a new “rent once, watch anywhere” movie rental and playback feature.

The new addition, according to Apple, allows you to rent a movie on one device and watch it on another device.

Previously, it was possible to rent from iPhone, for example, then be restricted to that device to finish playback.

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Technologist Lou Miranda points out new golden age of Apple’s device hardware and operating systems

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Date: Tuesday, March 21st, 2017, 05:15
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPhone, News, Processors, watchOS

It’s an article that ran roughly nine months ago, prior to the release of iOS 10, but it makes some good points.

In the article, technologist and author Lou Miranda points out that the iPad Pro was handicapped by the software available at the time, namely iOS 9. Upon its initial introduction, the original iPhone had great software, but was handicapped by slow hardware.

Miranda then offers the following very relevant points:

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The fatal flaw in Apple’s Magic keyboard and mouse

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Date: Tuesday, March 21st, 2017, 05:25
Category: Bluetooth, Hardware, News, Peripheral
Apple's Magic keyboard and mouse don't support multiple Macs.

Apple’s Magic keyboard and mouse don’t support multiple Macs.

Like many of you, I have a home office setup with a monitor, speakers keyboard and mouse. When I need to get some work done, I plug my MacBook into power, monitor, speakers and I’m off the races. I prefer wireless peripherals because it’s two less cables to plug in.

The problem is that Apple’s latest keyboard (MLA22LL/A) and mouse (MLA02LL/A) took a huge step backwards in functionality because they don’t support multiple Macs. That’s right, you can’t switch between Macs without have to re-pair Apple’s “Magic” peripherals – every time. This defeats the purpose of having wireless peripherals!

I’ve used every incarnation of the Apple’s Bluetooth keyboard and mouse and every one remembered it’s previous pairing and easily switched from Mac A to Mac B without issue. But not Apple’s 2016 “Magic” keyboard and “Magic” Mouse 2. I know this because it grinds my gears every time I switch between Macs in my home office.

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Apple may have something to learn from secretive billionaire as he undercuts the iPhone in Chinese marketplace

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Date: Tuesday, March 21st, 2017, 05:21
Category: Apple, Finance, iPhone, News

Duan Yongping may have figured out how to beat Apple at its own game in the Chinese marketplace.

The reclusive billionaire founded both Opposition and Vivo, the twin smartphone brands that dealt the world’s largest company a stinging defeat in China last year. Once derided as cheap iPhone knockoffs, they leapfrogged the rankings and shoved Apple Inc. out of the top three in 2016 — when iPhone shipments fell in China for the first time.

Jongping stated that he was able to beat Apple in the region given that Apple didn’t adapt to local competition. Oppo and Vivo employed tactics Apple was reluctant to match, such as cheaper devices with high-end features, for fear of jeopardizing its winning formula elsewhere, Duan said.

“Apple couldn’t beat us in China because even they have flaws,” the 56-year-old electronics mogul said. “They’re maybe too stubborn sometimes. They made a lot of great things, like their operating system, but we surpass them in other areas.”

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Apple quietly extends AppleCare+ policies from 60 days to one year for iPhone purchases

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Date: Monday, March 20th, 2017, 05:12
Category: Apple TV, AppleCare, Hardware, iPhone, News, retail

Modern mobile smartphone with broken screen isolated on white background.

If you have an AppleCare+ policy, you’re going to like this.

Apple has quietly updated its AppleCare+ policy, extending the purchase window for iPhones from 60 days to one year. The change has been confirmed with a support rep, but is not yet showing up on Apple’s official product page for AppleCare+.

If you go to Apple’s eligibility tool and input your serial number from the iPhone’s settings panel, you should be able to see a new purchase option so long as you purchased the device within the last year.

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iPhone to be available in Indonesia again after March 31st following Apple’s investments in localized R&D

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Date: Monday, March 20th, 2017, 05:08
Category: iPhone, News, retail

You’ll be able to buy an iPhone in Indonesia come the end of the month.

Apple is reportedly on track to resume sales of the handset within the country, following a roughly two-year period during which sourcing requirements kept the device off the local market.

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus as well as the 6s series will go on sale through six retailers on March 31. In some cases, people should already be able to sign up for pre-orders.

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How-To: How to close all your open Safari tabs at once

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Date: Thursday, March 16th, 2017, 05:33
Category: How-To, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News

This qualifies as one of the coolest iOS shortcuts I’ve heard about in a while.

For people who want to close all their Safari tabs at once, you can pull this off on your iOS device by pressing and holding the new tab (double square) button.

That’s it, it offers to close all your open Safari tabs at once and saves a giant headache in the process.

And if that’s not spiffy, nothing is.

Via Reddit