PCMag: iPhone XS bests the XR and X in cellular signal test results

PCMag: iPhone XS bests the XR and X in cellular signal test results

For those who are looking for the best cellular data connection rates with a new iPhone, it’s best to buy either the iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max. That’s the conclusion from testing performed by Cellular Insights and Rohde & Schwarz for PCMag, in which the phones were tested in varying conditions that included strong and weak signal conditions on both advanced and traditional networks.

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mophie powerstation USB-C 3XL adds up to 18 hours of battery life to MacBooks

mophie powerstation USB-C 3XL adds up to 18 hours of battery life to MacBooks

Planning on taking a long international flight in the near future, but you’re worried about whether or not the onboard power plugs will be working (hint: they usually don’t work, at least for me)? mophie has a great new product that’s available from its website, Apple.com, and some Apple stores that will keep you going: the powerstation USB-C 3XL (US$199.95) is a small battery pack with a big capacity.

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Rachio announces HomeKit support for the Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller

Rachio announces HomeKit support for the Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller

When it comes to smart home devices, AWT readers know that one of my favorites is the Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller (link to AWT review). This device is the third generation of an iPhone-controlled sprinkler controller that makes it simple to ensure the best possible irrigation of your landscaping while using as little water as possible. Today, Rachio announced that it has added HomeKit support to the Rachio 3, making it the first smart sprinkler controller to use Apple’s home automation framework.

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Apple World Today News Update: June 15, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: June 15, 2018

Before you head off for your fun weekend, be sure to load this episode of the Apple World Today News Update podcast so you can be up to speed on the latest news in the world of Apple and the telecom industry:

  • Apple debuts a new portal for the Apple Online Store that features a modern design that's clean and easy to use

  • The HomePod can now read the news in Canada, France and Germany

  • 5G networks are coming, and it looks like the 2018 iPhones may use a new modem chip from Intel that not only supports 5G and all existing wireless standards, but also runs on both CDMA and GSM networks

  • Time Warner has now officially been devoured by AT&T, and T-Mobile and Sprint will file their merger application on Monday

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Apple World Today News Update: June 14, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: June 14, 2018

Welcome to Thursday's episode of the Apple World Today News Update, brought to you this week by PDFelement 6from Wondershare.  Today we have news of cheap iPhones (new in the box!), a security scare that doesn't seem too scary, and how Apple employees at Apple Park are going to be made uncomfortable so they'll stand at least part of each work day:

  • Get an iPhone in South Korea for $40! They're new in the box, they're unlocked, but there's a catch...

  • Russian smartphone cracker ElcomSoft says they can read your entire iMessages history...but they pretty much need all of your login information before they can do it

  • Every desk at Apple Park is a standing desk that converts for sitting use, but the chairs are made to make you uncomfortable

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Apple World Today News Update: June 7, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: June 7, 2018

We have a few short and sweet notes for you today, with two of them being about a new and improved password management API in iOS 12:

  • Password Autofill in iOS 12 is going to make it possible for third-party password managers like 1Password, Dashlane and LastPass to work seamlessly with QuickType for super-fast password entry

  • iOS 12 is also adding the ability to share passwords with others through the use of AirDrop

  • Facebook confesses to a problem last month that affects about 14 million users; some of their private posts were made public

  • Still grandfathered into the original AT&T unlimited data plan? AT&T is going to raise your rates next month from $40 to $45.

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Apple World Today News Update: June 6, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: June 6, 2018

WWDC 2018 continues, and we have stories about a new Apple Watch API for monitoring Parkinson's disease, an upcoming "WWDC for investors", a couple of developer announcements and an iPhone case that purports to detect weapons and bombs:

  • Apple adds a Movement Disorder API to Apple Watch to continuously monitor symptoms of Parkinson's Disease

  • Asymco analyst Horace Dediu is holding a one-day conference in LA next week for Apple investors

  • We discuss iOS 12's ability to automatically install the latest iOS version

  • MapKit JS is going to add Apple Maps to websites

  • Royal Holdings says its upcoming SWORD smartphone case will detect guns, knives or explosive devices, and can match target photos to the people around you

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Apple World Today News Update: June 1, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: June 1, 2018

It's June! We'll finally see the official start of summer in a few weeks, we have an Apple keynote coming up on Monday, and betas of the next-generation operating systems should be available soon. In the interim, we have the news for you in convenient podcast form:

  • UBS has raised its target share price for shares in Apple to $210, matching Morgan Stanley's number from earlier this week. The investment firm cited stronger than expected demand for iPhone X and Plus models as the primary reason for its optimism

  • A Bain Capital-led consortium that includes Apple, Dell and several other memory manufacturers has completed the purchase of Toshiba's memory group

  • The final emoji list for 2018 is here and will be released on June 5. We have a video overview from Emojipedia on the website for your viewing pleasure

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Apple World Today News Update: May 31, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: May 31, 2018

It's the last day of May, and we have some fascinating stories for today's Apple World Today News Update podcast:

  • One Apple supplier's stock has fallen by more than half its value this year, based on rumors that Apple might be making its own power management chips

  • Connected health pioneer Withings is back after being acquired and run into the ground by Nokia

  • Distracted driving laws may start seeing the Apple Watch as a "handheld device" after a Canadian student was ticketed for driving and using her Watch

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Apple World Today News Update: May 30, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: May 30, 2018

Can you believe it's Hump Day already? Those 3-day holiday weekends make the work week fast, and we're going to give you three short news items to make your day go by even faster:

  • Apple is leasing even more industrial space in Santa Clara, CA, part of a huge expansion in the office and lab space that's located around the south Bay Area

  • We have some tips for you about iCloud Messages; how to turn it on and what is backed up by the new cloud service that showed up in iOS 11.4 yesterday

  • Want to watch Monday's keynote at the 2018 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference? We have tips on where you can stream the event

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Apple World Today News Update: May 25, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: May 25, 2018

Friday at last! To end your week, we have stories about Apple retail stores, Apple employees at Display Week in LA, and some possible names for macOS 10.14:

  • The Pier Apple Store in Atlantic City, NJ will be closing soon due to a sharp decline in tourism and visitors to the city

  • A new, larger Apple retail outlet is nearing completion in Seattle's University Village shopping center

  • Some possible names for macOS 10.14 have surfaced in overseas trademark filings, including Sequoia, Mojave, Sonoma and Ventura

  • Apple employees were in evidence everywhere at Display Week in LA this week, checking out the latest display technologies and making presentations

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Apple World Today News Update: May 24, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: May 24, 2018

Chain saws and wood chippers provide a cheery backdrop to today's Apple World Today News Update Podcast, with stories about expensive iPhone cases, a higher target price for Apple shares, a new camera app, and the case of the disappearing Vevo app...

  • Have $10,436 just laying around? You can blow that on a diamond-encrusted iPhone X from luxury accessory manufacturer Hadoro

  • Morgan Stanley is bumping its stock target price for Apple from $200 to $214 based on future growth from Apple's services

  • Obscura 2 hit the App Store today, bringing with it a lot of new and updated features for the iPhone-toting photographer

  • Vevo won't be updating its apps or website any more, as the music video distributor is going "YouTube-only"

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Apple World Today News Update: May 23, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: May 23, 2018

We're back for another day of news with the Apple World Today News Update Podcast:

  • Apple's offering a $50 credit to anyone who paid for an out-of-warranty battery replacement for an iPhone 6 or newer device during 2017

  • A longtime Windows developer brings Frooty Loops to Mac

  • Seeing a lot of Apple Watches? It's not surprising -- Canalys says Apple sold an estimated 3.8 million Apple Watches in the first three months of 2018

  • Ground hasn't been broken for Foxconn's Wisconsin display factory, but now rumor has it that the company might produce smaller displays for Apple and automakers at the plant instead of TV displays

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