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Developers enjoy a huge boost from iOS 11’s App Store redesign

The iOS App Store got a new look last fall, and the change has greatly benefited developers of third-party applications, as Apple intended. A new study found that getting named Game of the Day results in an 800 percent increase in downloads. Inclusion in the other segments of the App Store Today screen brought improved […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

ZTE Being Given a Chance to Argue Its Case

ZTE will have an opportunity to ask the U.S. Commerce Department to change its mind regarding the government's decision to ban U.S. corporations from selling hardware or software to ZTE for a period of seven years. An official at the Commerce Department said the agency has given ZTE permission to present more information regarding the actions it took in the wake of its 2017 settlement. ZTE agreed to pay a…

GSMA Puts eSIM Development On Hold Due to Inquiry

The GSMA telecommunications group today said it will pause work on the eSIM standard while the U.S. Justice Department completes its investigation over the technology. The Justice Department alleges that AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and the GSMA have been colluding to make it more difficult for consumers to take advantage of the benefit of eSIMs. eSIMs act as an electronic version of the physical SIM cards most phones use to identify…

Listen to your favorite tunes without the hassle of wires [Deals]

Audio accessories have come a long way since those iconic earmuff-like headphones some of you might remember from the 70s. Nowadays, it’s common to see people listening to music with sleek portable earphones at cafes or the gym. The AVANCA Minim True Wireless Earbuds are no exception to beautiful design and exceptional audio technology as […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Today in Apple history: Rumors fly that Canon might buy Apple

April 21, 1995: Rumors swirl that Canon (yes, the Japanese camera company!) might take over Apple in either a partial or complete acquisition. Speculation grows about a possible deal after Apple reveals its latest earnings, which show big improvement but still fall far short of Wall Street’s expectations. Although Canon denied interest, and neither Canon […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

AT&T, Verizon tried to subvert a technology Apple embraces

The Department of Justice is investigating whether AT&T and Verizon colluded to subvert the primary goal of electronic SIMs. This new tech makes it easy to switch between service providers, something to two largest wireless carriers apparently wanted to prevent.  Apple uses an eSIM in the Apple Watch Series 3. And last year this company […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Justice Department Launches Antitrust Investigation Into AT&T, Verizon

The U.S. Justice Department is investigating AT&T and Verizon for secretly colluding to put carrier-locking ability into the new eSIM industry standard, according to the New York Times. eSIM technology eliminates the physical SIM card that gives a phone its number and identity on the network, replacing it with a virtual SIM that can be loaded and replaced over the network. The Apple Watch and Pixel 2 already include eSIM,…

Redesigned Apple A12 iPhone processor will be faster, more efficient

Official details of the processor for the 2018 iPhone are months away, but we can already be confident the Apple A12 will be at least 20 percent faster than the current chip, while using 40 percent less power. And this is the minimal performance improvement to be expected. Apple’s next devices will almost certainly be […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Hiya Caller ID and Blocker keeps robocallers at bay [50 Essential iOS Apps #3]

Knowing when to answer a call from an unknown number is a game of chance. It might be a family emergency, or it might be a scammer trying to rip you off. Hiya Caller ID and Block is a simple iOS app that attempts to determine whether incoming phone calls are telemarketers, spam, or something […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

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