Apple partner Foxconn acquires accessory and peripheral maker Belkin

Apple partner Foxconn acquires accessory and peripheral maker Belkin 1

Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn has acquired accessory and peripheral maker Belkin for $866 million, TechCrunch reports. The sale brings a lot of recognizable brands owned by Belkin under Foxconn’s umbrella, including Linksys, Wemo and Phyn in addition to Belkin’s own name. Belkin’s CEO and founder Chet Pipkin will stay on and operate the company “as a wholly owned subsidiary,” possibly

Logitech releasing Logitech Crayon and Logitech Rugged Combo 2 case for new iPad

Logitech releasing Logitech Crayon and Logitech Rugged Combo 2 case for new iPad 2

Logitech has jumped into Apple’s renewed push into education with two new accessories for the 6th generation iPad released yesterday. The Logitech Crayon uses technology first found in the Apple Pencil in a say that’s kid-friendly, connecting to the iPad without even requiring pairing and boasting an 8-hour battery life to last through the whole school day (or a very

Nuvyyo releasing Tablo Dual Lite Over-the-Air Television DVR

Nuvyyo releasing Tablo Dual Lite Over-the-Air Television DVR 3

The Tablo Dual 64GB Over-the-Air Television DVR released by Nuvyyo last year allows for recording live TV without a cable connection, but apparently users complained to the company about the $250 cost and were willing to deliver their own storage solutions. Nuvyyo has responded by introducing the Tablo Dual Lite, a $140 option that provides all of the TV streaming

Tim Cook announces new 9.7” iPad that’s compatible with Apple Pencil

Tim Cook announces new 9.7” iPad that’s compatible with Apple Pencil 4

During today’s education event in Chicago, Tim Cook announced the new 9.7” iPad that is compatible with Apple Pencil. The $329 base device (or $299 when bought by schools) is the first non-Pro iPad to make use of the Apple Pencil and also features an A10 Fusion chip, but leaves out the Smart Connector and True Tone display of the

Marshall releases company’s first active noise cancelling headphones

Marshall releases company’s first active noise cancelling headphones 5

Marshall’s new Mid A.N.C. marks the company’s first venture into active noise cancelling headphones, using four microphones to continuously measure and pinpoint ambient noise and block it out. The headphones boast “up to 20 hours” of wireless playback when active noise cancelling is engaged or more than 30 hours of wireless playtime without A.N.C. The headphones feature 3D metal hinges

Microsoft rolls out iPad support with Edge iOS app update

Microsoft rolls out iPad support with Edge iOS app update 6

Microsoft has released an update to its Edge iOS app that finally includes full support for the iPad. While iPad users have technically been able use the iPhone version of Edge on their device, the experience was less than ideal since the app was scaled up in an unappealing way and limited to portrait mode. The update doesn’t seem to

Apple now accepting some Apple Watches as trade-ins at Apple Stores

Apple now accepting some Apple Watches as trade-ins at Apple Stores 7

While Apple has been providing gift cards in exchange for Apple Watches for months, the transactions up until now have been exclusively online. Now one Reddit user has found that Apple quietly started accepting in-store trade-ins as of today. 9to5Mac confirmed with Apple that the company’s retail locations are now accepting the trade-ins, and the spokesperson was careful to note

Apple calls for more regulation amid Facebook data scandal

Apple calls for more regulation amid Facebook data scandal 8

In light of the use of Facebook data by Cambridge Analytica in unauthorized voter targeting efforts, Apple CEO Tim Cook has called for stronger government regulations on how data can be used, Bloomberg reports. Apple has usually come down on the side of privacy in showdowns with the government, and now the company is asking the U.S. Congress to create

Rachio releases Smart Sprinkler Controller and Wireless Flow Meter

Rachio releases Smart Sprinkler Controller and Wireless Flow Meter 9

Rachio has added some new options to its smart sprinkler lineup with the Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller and Rachio 3 Wireless Flow Meter. The Smart Sprinkler Controller allows users to use cloud-connected software to control their sprinklers from anywhere at any time, and also includes enhanced Weather Intelligence Plus data to provide schedule adjustments based on the weather. A

Grovemade releases stand for HomePod that solves ‘white ring’ issue

Grovemade releases stand for HomePod that solves ‘white ring’ issue 10

While the HomePod might not seem like the kind of device that needs a stand, anyone dealing with the “white ring” problem caused by the device’s silicone foot leaving residue on some wood surfaces might say otherwise. So Grovemade has produced a solution of sorts with its HomePod stand in variety of materials, including aluminum, wood and cork. The stands

QR code exploit could use iOS Camera app to misdirect users to malicious sites

QR code exploit could use iOS Camera app to misdirect users to malicious sites 11

Infosec has discovered a potential exploit using the QR code-reading capabilities of the iOS Camera app that would allow one URL to be displayed while directing users to another hidden link. The simple code tweak allows those generating a QR code to set their link to display a safe-looking or familiar URL in the iOS confirmation box that pops up

Report: Apple could launch its original video service as early as next March

Report: Apple could launch its original video service as early as next March 12

Apple has at least 12 major video projects in the works and could be ready to launch its new video offerings to the public as soon as next March, The New York Times reports. The overall video project — which Apple reportedly is willing to spend upwards of $1 billion on — now has around 40 permanent staffers and is preparing to

Report: Cheaper iPad expected to launch soon may work with Apple Pencil

Report: Cheaper iPad expected to launch soon may work with Apple Pencil 13

Well-respected KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Apple will double its shipments of the Apple Pencil this year, possibly by making a new, cheaper iPad expected to launch this week compatible with the accessory, 9to5Mac reports. Until now the Apple pencil has only worked with the much more expensive iPad Pro line, so it’s been a boon to artists and

Apple reveals new Apple Watch bands for spring

Apple reveals new Apple Watch bands for spring 14

Apple has released a series of Apple Watch bands in new colors and styles just in time for spring. A release from Apple showcases the new looks, which start at $49 and include exclusive Nike bands that color-match with the latest Nike running shoes. Apple has also added new high-end Hermès bands and sportier woven nylon bands for those more

Siri bug allows access to hidden messages on iPhone by asking Siri to read them

Siri bug allows access to hidden messages on iPhone by asking Siri to read them 15

A bug discovered by Mac Magazine allows users to access hidden messages on an iPhone just by asking Siri to read them aloud. Apple has long allowed users to hide their notification previews in Messages — displaying only that a new message was received and keeping the contents private until the device was unlocked, and more recently extended this capability

Technogym, Life Fitness add support for Apple’s GymKit to more gym equipment

Technogym, Life Fitness add support for Apple’s GymKit to more gym equipment 16

After last year’s showcase of Apple’s GymKit syncing the Apple Watch to Technogym equipment in a Fitness First gym in Australia, Technogym has announced a much wider rollout to make more than 5,000 of its machines in hundreds of fitness clubs all over the world. Users simply tap their Apple Watch on the compatible equipment to track active and total

Apple thought to have two-year lead in 3D smartphone sensors

Apple thought to have two-year lead in 3D smartphone sensors 20

Most android devices won’t have 3D sensors comparable to this in the iPhone X until 2019, giving Apple a two-year lead in the burgeoning field expected to be worth billions over the next few years, Reuters reports. Three major parts producers said Samsung and others are too far behind Apple to get the tech into customers’ hands this year, leaving

Leaker’s latest photo shows ‘Blush Gold’ iPhone X he claims is in production

Leaker’s latest photo shows ‘Blush Gold’ iPhone X he claims is in production 21

Well-known Apple product leaker Benjamin Geskin has posted photos of a “Blush Gold” iPhone X that he claims is in production now. The tweet includes a professional-looking shot of the back of the iPhone X in a copper-gold color and another grainier shot of a SIM tray in a different gold color. But Geskin has already been wrong about the

Democrats interested in Apple’s download records on Trump administration officials

Democrats interested in Apple’s download records on Trump administration officials 22

A memo released last week by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee could put Congress on a legal collision course with Apple if Democrats take back the House of Representatives, The Intercept reports. On page 20 of the document protesting the Republican decision to end the HIC’s Russian collusion inquiry, the Democrats proposed the committee go after Apple’s “records reflecting

Report: Apple developing its own MicroLED screens in secret California manufacturing facility

Report: Apple developing its own MicroLED screens in secret California manufacturing facility 23

For the first time, Apple is developing its own MicroLED screens for testing purposes, Bloomberg reports. Sources claim Apple has made a “significant investment” in the program designing and producing the new displays at a secret California manufacturing facility near the company’s headquarters. MicroLED screens can be built slimmer than OLED displays while still delivering a brighter display that consumes