Apple, Amazon, Google & Microsoft file joint brief supporting Obama & EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Apple alongside Amazon, Google and Microsoft today filed a joint amicus brief in support of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and President Obama’s proposed Clean Power Plan that aims to introduce new emissions regulations. The EPA had some major pushback on the plan, so now Apple and the others are lending their support:

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Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Amazon, amicus brief, Apple, clean power plan, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, Google, Microsoft, Obama

iPhone 5s vs iPhone SE: As expected, 2GB RAM makes a big difference [Video]

The iPhone SE is here, and we’ve given your our initial impressions as well as a look at some of the device’s top features. Now it’s time to talk more about the key differences that differentiate the iPhone 5s from the iPhone SE.

The one key difference that Apple likes to keep under the radar is the amount of RAM included in its mobile devices. It’s ironic, because this is arguably one of the biggest changes between the iPhone 5s and iPhone SE, and it makes a noticeable difference in day to day usage. Watch our video, and see for yourself. more…

Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: 2GB, compare, iPhone 5s, iPhone SE, RAM, Safari

9to5Toys Last Call: UE BOOM 2 Bluetooth Speaker $150, DJI Phantom 3 Drone $399, Free App of the Week, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Last Call Updates:

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Apple 13-inch MacBook Air 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB (newest version): $800 shipped (Reg. $999)

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UE BOOM 2 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker in all colors: $150 shipped (Reg. $200)

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DJI Phantom 3 Standard Drone w/ 2.7K HD Camera drops to $399 shipped (Reg. $450+)

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App Store Free App of the Week: CHOMP interactive storybook goes free for the first time ($3 value)

Game Dev Story for iOS now matching its lowest price ever: $1 (Reg. $5)

Apple offers Day One 2 iOS journal app for free ($10 value)

Take It Easy iOS puzzler/brain teaser goes free for the first time in years (Reg. $2)

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Sprint customers can now (but probably shouldn’t) pay monthly for Amazon Prime

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Apple 21-inch Retina 4K iMac 3.1GHz/8GB/1TB (newest version): $1,300 shipped (Reg. $1,499)

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Buy a refurbished Apple AirPort Express Wi-Fi router w/ 1-yr warranty for $49 shipped (Orig. $99)

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

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Smartphone Accessories: BYTECH 14,000mAh Power Bank $17 shipped (Orig. $40), more

MORE DEALS STILL ALIVE:

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iOttie Car Mounts for iPhone/Android Devices: Easy One Touch 2 $13 (Reg. $20), w/ Qi Charger $40 (Reg. $55)

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Hit the road w/ TP-LINK’s 802.11n Portable Travel Router
for $8 Prime Shipped (Reg. $13)

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Apple Watch 42mm Space Gray Milanese Loop Band + Aluminum Dock: $27 Prime shipped (Reg. $35)

NEW PRODUCTS & MORE:

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Seagate unveils the “world’s first” USB-powered 8TB desktop hard drive

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Review: Mujjo Leather Case for iPhone 6 & 6s

For the first few months after purchasing my iPhone 6, I was a daily Apple Leather Case user. I picked up the case more out of convenience than desire, but I never truly felt it served my needs. The case felt weak, unsupportive, and more like a leather-wrap than a protective case. I’ve kept an eye out for other potential alternative leather cases, but could never find one I really loved. The Apple Leather Case seemed so close to what I would have wanted, but the way it wore down was just not appealing to me at all. A lot of other leather cases are too bulky, have a built-in wallet, or are just utterly expensive. Then Mujjo released their Leather Case for the iPhone 6(s). As soon as I laid my eyes on it, I knew I wanted it. It looked strong without adding bulk, sported a beautiful tanned leather, and was priced fairly in comparison to competing cases.

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Filed under: iOS Devices, Reviews Tagged: Apple Leather Case, iPhone, Mujjo, Mujjo Leather Case, review

iPhone SE diary: Day 1, first impressions

I had two immediate impressions when first picking up the iPhone SE. First, ‘wow this feels small!’. Having gotten used to the iPhone 6 and 6s as the new normal, the SE really does feel like an iPhone mini when you first handle it.

But the second, which followed seconds later, was ‘… in a good way.’

I’m old enough to have used the very first mobile phones, which were ginormous. For many years, the primary goal of manufacturers as they introduced successive models was to make them smaller and smaller. Smaller was newer, sexier and more hi-tech.

Picking up the iPhone SE gave me that feeling all over again. It didn’t feel like a step down, it actually felt like a step up. It was like ‘wow, Apple has managed to fit (almost) all of that 6s tech into this much more pocketable phone.’ And yes, this thing fits sideways into jeans pockets, and gives no sense of being at risk of falling out of other trouser pockets while cycling.

My third impression – and I think this is something I could only say to a tech audience like you, because you’ll understand – was feeling like I was welcoming back an old friend. I remembered how much I love this design. It truly is a classic that looks every bit as great today as it did when it was first introduced …

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Filed under: iOS Devices, Opinion Tagged: iPhone, iPhone SE, iPhone SE diary, iPhone SE first impressions, iPhone SE review

Patent application reveals possible new Apple Watch gestures – even sign language

A patent application spotted by Patently Apple suggests that the Apple Watch turning on its display as you raise your wrist could be just the first of many supported gestures. Pointing, waving and even extending pinky and thumb in a ‘phone me’ gesture could all be used to initiate actions on either the Watch itself or a paired iPhone.

While voice and touch input can be an effective way to control a device, there may be situations where the user’s ability to speak the verbal command or perform the touch gesture may be limited.

This [patent] relates to a device that detects a user’s motion and gesture input through the movement of one or more of the user’s hand, arm, wrist, and fingers, for example, to provide commands to the device or to other devices […] The device can interpret the gesture as an input command, and the device can perform an operation.

Apple gives a number of illustrative examples of such gestures …

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Filed under: Apple Watch Tagged: Apple, Apple watch, gestures, hand gesture, iPhone, Motion, Patent, USPTO

ACLU accuses FBI of gambling with cybersecurity as it fails to disclose iPhone hack details to Apple

The American Civil Liberties Union has accused the FBI of gambling with cybersecurity by failing to disclose to Apple the method used to access the San Bernardino iPhone, reports the WSJ.

Chris Soghoian, principal technologist at the ACLU, said the FBI is facing “a million-dollar question, and really what it comes down to is, does the FBI prioritize its own surveillance needs, or does it prioritize cybersecurity.’’

The longer the FBI keeps the security flaw to itself, he said, “the more they are gambling that no other entity will discover this flaw.’’ 

A former FBI official said that the agency’s decision on whether or not to reveal the method would likely depend on how many iPhone models it is able to unlock …

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Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS Devices Tagged: ACLU, Cellebrite, FBI, iPhone, iPhone hack, San Bernardino

iFixit’s teardown of iPhone SE reveals it uses the iPhone 5S display and more

We got our first look inside the iPhone SE a couple of days ago when Chipworks took one apart. The company revealed then some of the mix of old and new components, but iFixit has now provided a closer look in its own teardown.

The main finding is that the entire display assembly is straight out of the iPhone 5S – right down to the FaceTime camera, which explains why that remained a paltry 1.2MP unit instead of the 5MP version in the iPhone 6S …

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Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: iPhone, iPhone SE, iPhone SE display, iPhone SE teardown, iPhone SE versus iPhone 5S