Apple kicks off its plans for the 2018 World Cup tournament

Apple kicks off its plans for the 2018 World Cup tournament

As the World Cup draws near, Apple has announced that Siri, its personal digital assistant, is adding support for football (it’s “football” in most of the world, but Americans know it as “soccer”) in Brazil, Russia, Denmark, Finland, Malaysia, Turkey, Thailand, Saudi Arabia and Israel. This is in addition to 26 other countries that already support Siri sports. 

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How to delete your account at Apple’s Data and Privacy portal

How to delete your account at Apple’s Data and Privacy portal

Apple offers a Data and Privacy portal (https://privacy.apple.com) that allows users to download all of their personal data stored on the tech giant's servers. You can also permanently delete your account and associated data from all Apple services. For your security, Apple verifies all deletion requests. This process takes up to seven days. Your account will remain active while verification is in progress.

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Accessible Apple 2017-2018: The 12 Requests of Christmas - Day 6

Accessible Apple 2017-2018: The 12 Requests of Christmas - Day 6

This is the sixth post in our annual 12-part series covering the accessibility features we would like to see Apple bring to its products in the coming year. This series is being put together by Accessibility Editor Alex Jurgensen, with the help of several contributors.

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Apple’s ‘electronic document thinning’ involves its iBooks Author app

Apple’s ‘electronic document thinning’ involves its iBooks Author app

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,710,944) for “electronic document thinning” that involves is iBooks Author software. iBooks is a free ebook app that allows you to read publications purchased at the iBooks Store. iBooks Author lets you create iBooks textbooks (as well as other types of books) for the iPad and Mac.

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PayPal now available on the App Store, Apple Music, iTunes

PayPal now available on the App Store, Apple Music, iTunes

Starting today in Canada and Mexico, and rolling out in other countries including the U.S. soon, PayPal customers will be able to pay for App Store, Apple Music, iTunes and iBooks purchases across iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices using their PayPal account. 

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e-book sales down, while paperback and hardback sales rise

e-book sales down, while paperback and hardback sales rise

This isn’t good news for the iBookStore (or any seller of digital books): sales of consumer e-books plunged 18.7% in the U.S. and 17% in the U.K. in 2016 over the first nine months of 2016, according to the Publishers Association — as noted by CNN. Sales of physical books and journals went up by 7% over the same period, while children's books surged 16%.

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