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As we use devices more, our exposure to high-energy visible blue light (HEV) increases. HEV blue light has been shown to contribute to digital eye strain which can cause dry and irritated eyes, sleep disruption and loss, blurred vision, and premature eye aging, especially in children. InvisibleShield has developed a new screen protector with Eyesafe® technology that not only protects your phone from scratches and impacts, but also filters harmful blue light from your device screen.

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Apple quietly replaces Apple Watch Charging Dock with virtually identical new model

MacRumors has discovered that Apple has quietly released a new version of its Apple Watch Charging Dock, although it’s seemingly a mystery as to exactly why, since the new dock appears identical to the original Apple Watch Charging Dock. As MacRumors notes, the new dock has a model number of MU9F2AM, while the original was model MLDW2AM, but the lack of any obvious changes suggests only internal updates. The new dock also had to go through FCC approval, but the FCC filing offered no additional insights into what has changed, or why Apple needed to release a new version.

V-Moda unveils BassFit Wireless In-Ear headphones

V-Moda has just announced its new BassFit Wireless, a new set of sport headphones that are designed to provide uncompromising bass while withstanding even the most rigorous workouts. Built to make no compromises on sound, fit, battery life, or reliability, BassFit Wireless feature premium 10mm dynamic drivers that promise deep and precise bass without affecting clarity, an exclusive TriFit design that gives users a choice of ear hooks, ear fins, or a combination of both, and up to 11 hours of battery life on a single charge that combines a FastCharge feature to get quickly juiced up again when the battery gets low. At only 17 grams, plus a two-layer nanocoating that protects from sweat and weather, they’re both durable enough yet light enough to wear for long workouts. BassFit Wireless also feature support for both aptX and AAC codecs for high-quality sound, plus a multi-function control for volume, music/media playback, call control, and Siri activation, along with a built-in mic. BassFit Wireles are available in either black or white for $130 on V-MODA.com, Amazon.com, and other retailers where V-Moda products are sold.

Apple hires Nokia exec to lead operations in India

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Amidst reports last summer that Apple lost three key executives in India, the company has now hired Nokia executive Ashish Chowdhary to be its head of India operations, according to a report by IANS (via 9to5Mac). The IANS report cited industry sources as noting that Chowdhary will come on board with Apple in Jan. 2019, which dovetails with a statement by Nokia to The Economic Times that he will be remaining with Nokia until the end of 2018, after which he will “take a leadership position in another company.” Chowdhary has served as the Chief Customer Operations Officer at Nokia Networks for the past 15 years, and the report notes that Apple was particularly interested in him due to his knowledge and experience in the smartphone and technology industry in India — a market that Apple has been struggling to gain ground in.

Withings resurrects its classic fitness tracker design with Pulse HR

Two months ago, Withings made its triumphant return to the digital health business as an independent company with Steel HR Sport, a multi-sport hybrid smartwatch focused on fitness and aesthetics that built upon the company’s 2014 Activité, and the company hasn’t slowed down since it gained its independence from Nokia earlier this year. Today, Withings has announced Pulse HR, an upgraded and reimagined version of its highly-acclaimed 2013 Pulse. Pulse HR is designed for users looking for a classic, standalone activity tracker rather than a full watch, and boosts a modernized design that incorporates a reinforced black polycarbonate surface within a 316L stainless steel casing. A black soft silicone wristband is included, that users can swap out for other color options if they prefer something more in line with their personal style. A built-in OLED display allows users to view time and date, heart rate, calories burned, progress toward activity goals, real-time workout information, and even smartphone notifications.

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Daily Deal: The Award-Winning Black Friday Mac Bundle, featuring Acorn 6

It’s that time of year again, and we’re getting an early start on Black Friday deals with the The Award-Winning Black Friday Mac Bundle. For only $25 you can pick up the highly-acclaimed Acorn 6 along with nine other top-rated Mac apps covering the gamut from artwork and photography to productivity and security — at a savings of over 96% of buying each of the apps individually. The bundle includes such great tools as CrossOver 18 for running Windows apps on your Mac, Gemini 2 for tracking down and cleaning up duplicate files, Scapple for mind mapping, and much more. Plus, as an added bonus, iLounge readers can get even more savings by using the coupon code BFMAC5 at checkout.

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Mac: Twelve South Journal CaddySack

Last year, Twelve South added to its venerable BookBook product family with BookBook CaddySack, providing an elegant way for users to store and carry all of their MacBook essentials — an especially handy accessory in the new era of USB-C dongles. Now, to accompany its new Journal for MacBook, Twelve South has also released Journal Caddysack, providing the same convenient storage for a MacBook power adapter and other miscellaneous cables, in a luxurious, New Zealand full-grain leather package. Inside the folio case you’ll find a collection of elastic bands, Velcro straps, and a pocket so you can neatly hold a variety of accessories and have them ready at your fingertips, rather than tangled up inside your messenger bag or backpack.

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Spotify now available on Apple Watch

Spotify has officially announced its app for the Apple Watch. The release comes not long after it was rolled out to Spotify beta testers earlier this month, and while the initial app appears limited to providing playback controls, Spotify has acknowledged that the ability to listen to music offline is in the works for a future update. While the standard watchOS “Now Playing” app previously allowed users to pause and resume playback, the Spotify app gives users the ability to start up playback right from their wrists, mark tracks as favourites, and access recently played tracks, as well as connecting to Spotify Connect enabled speakers.

Naim Audio Mu-so and Uniti systems gain AirPlay 2 support

British hi-fi manufacturer Naim Audio is the latest company to join the AirPlay 2 movement, announcing today that it will be bringing full support for AirPlay 2 to its Mu-so wireless speaker range. An update should be available today for Mu-so Qb, which we reviewed in 2016, while its larger sibling, the Mu-so, will be getting the update later this week. Naim’s Uniti line, which includes the Uniti Atom, will also be getting the AIrPlay 2 treatment by the end of the month.

Significant number of users being required to reset Apple ID passwords to regain access

Reports on various social media platforms this morning, as noted by 9to5Mac have revealed a significant number of Apple users have discovered that their Apple ID accounts have been locked out, requiring them to go through the password reset process in order to regain access. While account lockouts can occur for various reasons, the most common is a result of several failed password entries. This suggests that the problem may have been triggered by hackers attempting to brute-force the passwords for a large number of Apple IDs, although there could be other factors at work as well, including the possibility of a glitch in Apple’s authentication systems. Since an Apple ID is used to access everything from the iTunes Store and iCloud to services like iMessage and FaceTime, users are encountering this problem in various areas, and are normally being required to go through the process of answering security questions and providing their phone number in order to reset their password. MacRumors has also noted that at least some of the users impacted have stated that they are using two-factor authentication and a unique password for their Apple ID, suggesting that this is not merely impacting less secure accounts. Apple has not yet offered any indication as to why this is happening, nor have they responded to any requests for comment.





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