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iLounge and InvisibleShield are giving away an iPhone XR and InvisibleShield Glass+ VisionGuard.

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.

Protective Eyesafe® Layer
The Eyesafe® technology in VisionGuard protects your eyes from blue light which can contribute to digital eye strain. By blocking harmful wavelengths of light before they leave your screen, VisionGuard is an easy choice for those who care about eye health.

Preserves the True Colors of Your Screen
Glass+ VisionGuard protects your eyes from harmful blue light while maintaining the superior color performance of your device display. Instead of removing blue entirely and distorting your screens color like some eye health solutions, VisionGuard has been expertly engineered to maintain the brilliant look of your screen.

Industry-Leading Impact Screen Protection
Glass+ VisionGuard is chemically strengthened at the molecular level to preserve that glass-like feel of your screen. Its proprietary Ion Matrix™ technology provides the ultimate defense against drops, dings, and scratches.

Advanced Clarity
Glass+ VisionGuard is designed to work flawlessly with the enhanced optics of your device’s screen. Its 100% clarity rating means high-definition screen protection that’s so clear, you won’t even know it’s there.

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Report: Apple cutting back on production for iPhone XS and iPhone XR

Apple has reduced orders from its manufacturing suppliers for the iPhone XS and iPhone XR, according to a new report by The Wall Street Journal, adding weight to other recent reports that have suggested that sales of the latest models have not been going as well as anticipated. According to the report, the new three-model lineup has made it difficult for Apple to predict the balance of demand for the new iPhones, and this has been coupled with an overall slowdown of the smartphone market and possibly weak demand in China. Of course, Apple also continues to sell a number of older iPhone models, and other recent reports have suggested that the iPhone 8 series remains in relatively high demand, and most analysts are predicting that the average selling price of iPhones will continue rising, meaning that Apple can still pull in the same kind of revenue even with weaker unit sales — possibly also suggesting a possible reason for the company’s choice to stop reporting unit sales in the new fiscal year. It also seems likely that Apple’s choice to cut manufacturing orders suggests a longer-term vision of sales moving into early 2019, rather than any anticipation of a holiday sales slump. [via 9to5Mac]

Tim Cook explains Apple’s multi-billion search deal with Google in light of privacy concerns

Tim Cook is standing by Apple’s decision to continue its search engine dealing with Google, despite the two companies’ seemingly conflicting ideas about privacy. In an interview with Axios on HBO (via The Verge), Cook was asked straight out why he is comfortable taking billions of dollars from Google for default search engine placement in light of Apple’s own strong stance on protecting user privacy. Cook responded by emphasizing that Apple builds security and privacy measures directly into its Safari browser, which allows them to be more comfortable about providing users with access to “the best” search engine without compromising privacy:

I think their search engine is the best. Look at what we’ve done with the controls we’ve built in. We have private web browsing. We have an intelligent tracker prevention. What we’ve tried to do is come up with ways to help our users through their course of the day. It’s not a perfect thing. I’d be the very first person to say that. But it goes a long way to helping.

According to recent research by Goldman Sachs reported by Bloomberg, Apple may be taking in up to $9 billion this year from its deal with Google, and while other analysts place the number at a lower estimate of between $3 billion and $4 billion, there’s no doubt that it’s a significant portion of Apple’s reported $37 billion in services revenue.

Satechi unveils new Qi-certified Wireless Charger

Satechi has just expanded into the wireless charging market with the announcement of its newest product, the Aluminum Type-C PD & QC Wireless Charger ($45), providing another attractive and cost-effective solution for iPhone users to easily charge their devices free from the encumbrance of wires. The new device supports charging speeds of up to 10 watts, allowing for maximum charging performance on all of Apple’s latest iPhones, although users will need to provide their own USB-C PD or Quick Charge compatible power adapter. The Qi-certified charger includes a multi-color LED status light to indicate charging status and speed, along with over-temperature and foreign-object detection safety features. The Aluminum Type-C PD & QC Wireless Charger is available now from Satechi’s web site and other places where Satechi products are sold.

Microsoft blocking Windows 10 update due to iCloud compatibility, working with Apple to resolve

Microsoft Windows 10 users with Apple’s iCloud for Windows installed will find that they’re not being offered Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 update due to compatibility problems, according to a report by Windows Latest. According to a Microsoft support document, “Apple has identified an incompatibility with iCloud for Windows (version 7.7.0.27) that may cause users to have issues updating or synching Shared Albums after updating to Windows 10, version 1809” and Microsoft adds that in order “to ensure a seamless experience,” devices with version 7.7.0.27 of iCloud for Windows will not see the latest Windows 10 update “until this issue has been resolved.” Users will also be unable to install this version of iCloud for Windows after updating to Windows 10 version 1809. While Apple has not commented on the compatibility issues, Microsoft notes that the two companies are working together to provide a compatible version “in an upcoming release.” [via 9to5Mac]

Daily Deal: Insta360 Nano S iPhone VR Camera

In our iLounge Deal for today, we’re offering the Insta360 Nano S iPhone VR Camera for only $199 — that’s 16% off the regular price, and iLounge readers can save even more by taking an additional 20% off with the coupon code CAM20, bringing the sale price to $159.20. Whether you’re looking to live-stream your vacation to Facebook or take amazing 360-degree shots without carrying around an additional camera, Insta360 delivers it all. This lightweight camera connects right to your Lightning port to turn your iPhone into a 360-degree point-and-shoot video camera. Capture everything around you —and then enjoy the freedom to piece together the best shots after the fact. It’s the easiest way to create VR content and share it via social media or text with just a touch.

Get the Insta360 Nano S iPhone VR Camera now for only $159.20

Spotify trying to woo back former Premium subscribers with special offer of $9.99 for three months

Spotify has begun offering former Premium subscribers three months of Premium for $9.99 in an effort to win them back to the service. The offer, which is available via a special “comeback” page, appears to be going out via e-mail to Spotify users who cancelled their Premium service prior to Oct. 16, although it appears anybody can sign up, provided they meet the eligibility requirements, which note that users must have previously “subscribed to the Premium or Unlimited service before the date shown in the offer” and of course cannot be a current Spotify Premium subscriber. The terms and conditions also note that only “a limited number of Re-Engagement Offer Offers are available, while supplies last” and that the offer ends on Dec. 31, 2018. Users who take advantage of the offer are under no obligation to continue their subscription past the three-month period, but if they choose to do so, they will simply be billed at the normal rate of $9.99/month once the promotion is over.

Apple’s Certified Refurbished Products Online Store gets major overhaul

Apple has launched a significantly redesigned version of its Certified Refurbished Products online store, bringing the new section inline with the rest of Apple’s overall design. Apple’s Certified Refurbished Products Online Store lists products that company sells as refurbished, which could range from simple open box returns to those that have been swapped out for customers and later repaired by Apple. Refurbished products sell for up to 15 percent less than brand new, and come with normal warranty coverage; Apple emphasizes that every product goes through a “rigorous refurbishment process that includes full testing” and comes with “guaranteed Apple quality.” Prior to the redesign, the store page for refurbished products was significantly out of line with the rest of Apple’s site, clearly looking like something from a bygone era. The new page features a more spacious layout that more closely resembles Apple’s main online store, with a “Featured Offers” section front and centre and quick access to specific product categories right from a simplified visual menu at the top of the screen, where users can drill down to find deals on everything from Macs to Apple Pencils. [via 9to5Mac]

Daily Deal: CASA Hub + PeAk USB Adapter Bundle

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering the CASA Hub + PeAk USB Adapter Bundle for only $39.99 — that’s 22% off the regular price. This kit will cover all of your power adapter and data transmission need, no matter how you like to store and transfer your data. The CASA Hub PDC501 is equipped with a USB Type-C adapter for the new MacBook Pro and other laptops, as well as two standard USB ports, a microSD and an SD card slot, making it easy to move data between cameras, smartphones, laptops, and more. Plus, the PeAK AFB13 features a reversible micro USB male to USB-A female connection pattern that makes it easy to transfer between smartphones.

Get the CASA Hub + PeAk USB Adapter Bundle now for only $39.99

Apple partnering with Oscar-winning studio A24 for movie production

With several TV productions already ongoing, Apple now appears to be making its first big move into film production through a deal with the Oscar-winning indie studio A24, Variety reports. Apple noted that the partnership is a “multiyear agreement” that will involve multiple films, but was vague on other details such as whether these will be theatrical releases or simply part of its digital platform, and no financial details were revealed. A24 is the independent studio behind a number of “edge, auteur-driven projects,” including “Moonlight,” for which it won’t a best picture Oscar, as well as “Room,” “The Witch,” and “Ex Machina.” Variety notes that A24 already has deals with DirecTV and Amazon, but these simply provide special distribution rights for the studio’s own films, and those deals remain in effect as the partnership with Apple is not exclusive, and the studio will also still be continuing to produce and release its own films, despite earlier rumours that Apple may have been looking to acquire A24 or another similar indie studio.





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