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Review: iDevices Wall Switch

iDevices' new Wall Switch is the company's second new HomeKit product of 2017, joining Wall Outlet in the arena of its installable devices. Wall Switch replaces any standard wall switch with a Wi-Fi HomeKit-enabled switch that provides basic on and off controls. Like many of iDevices' other products, the company has also included an independently-controllable multicolour LED night light in the centre of the switch that can be used to help locate it in the dark, or simply provide a small mount of ambient night lighting for a room. {/exp:char_limit}


News: Apple rolling out ‘Today at Apple’ educational courses starting in May

All of Apple’s 495 stores will begin featuring ‘Today at Apple’ educational sessions focusing on a wide range of topics starting sometime in May, the company announced today. While most will be led by Apple employees, the company also teased that in select cities participants will be treated to sessions from “world-class artists, photographers and musicians.” The free programs will focus on activities centered around…


News: Smart home device maker iDevices acquired by Hubbell

Smart home device maker iDevices has been acquired by Hubbell, a company that’s been around for more than 100 years. As with many such acquisitions, iDevices claims nothing will change with its day-to-day operations, pledging that, “We will continue to support and update our existing products and make new ones; all while utilizing the backing and expertise of Hubbell to accelerate our growth and leadership position in the IoT space.”…


News: Apple delays ‘Carpool Karaoke’ release to ‘later this year’

Apple is delaying the release of its “Carpool Karaoke” adaptation for Apple Music, now saying only that “‘Carpool Karaoke: The Series’ will premiere on Apple Music later this year,” Reuters reports. During the Code Media conference in February, Apple said the show would debut in April, but a launch party scheduled for March was postponed without explanation, and another rescheduled for this Monday was also scrapped.…


News: Dutch court rules Apple can’t replace broken iPads with refurbished models

A Dutch judge has ruled that Apple can’t use refurbished iPads to replace broken ones covered by its AppleCare warranty, Tweakers reports. While Apple’s terms of service explicitly state that the company can use refurbished units as replacements, the judge ruled that Apple can only issue refurbished replacements to customers who initially purchased a refurbished unit. “If a plaintiff had purchased a refurbished or replacement iPad,…


News: Chinese blog claims Apple is only releasing two iPhone 8 models, no iPhone 7s or 7s Plus

Chinese blog Mic Gadget is saying that everyone else has Apple’s 2017 iPhone plans wrong, claiming that their “friends from Foxconn” shared news that the company is planning to release just two iPhone 8 models and no iPhone 7s or 7s Plus. The rumor is a fairly shaky one since the source has no track record of accurate leaks and the report seems based on news that “Foxconn will begin to receive the first deliveries of the material…


News: Daily Deal: Instaread, Lifetime Subscription

For Tuesday’s iLounge Deal, you can pick up a lifetime subscription to Instaread for only $49.99 — that’s 90% off the regular price. This service lets you read books in minutes, with key takeaways and summaries of more than 560 New York Times Nonfiction Bestsellers right on your iPhone, with twenty new books added every month. You get get insights and key points from each book in 15 minutes or less, and read on your iPhone or tablet,…


News: Apple releases fourth betas of iOS 10.3.2, watchOS 3.2.2, and tvOS 10.2.1

Apple has rolled out a fourth set of iOS 10.3.2, tvOS 10.2.1, and watchOS 3.2.2 betas to registered developers. The iOS 10.3.2 beta 4 release notes list SiriKit, VPN, and Siri fixes, while tvOS 10.2.1 beta 4 fixes an issue that caused the Apple TV to sometimes wake from sleep with an AirPlay error....


News: Images claim to show iPhone 8 prototype with glass back, vertical camera

A man best known for creating phone renderings based on rumors and leaks has posted a series of photos on Twitter that he says show one prototype of the new iPhone 8. Benjamin Geskin said the device—photographed by someone behind the wheel of a BMW—are of a CNC model from Foxconn. When questioned in the Twitter thread, Geskin claimed a friend sent him the images of the device, which lacks a home button and features an edge-to-edge screen,…


News: Apple works on alternative power sources, new uses for waste heat in Denmark data center

Apple’s latest data center in Denmark will be powered by renewable energy, some of which will come from local farm waste, MacWorld reports. Apple is working with Aarhus University to create a system that uses agricultural waste products to generate methane, which can then be used to power its data center operations. The reaction also produces a nutrient-rich fertilizer that can be returned to the farms, a “mutually beneficial relationship”…


News: Training documents reveal safety details about Apple’s self-driving car system

Internal Apple documents have provided the first real look at the company’s self-driving car system, Business Insider reports. The documents, obtained from the California DMV, claim that the system is “capable of sending electronic commands for steering, accelerating, and decelerating and may carry out portions of the dynamic driving task.” Images included in the document show that the three Lexus RX450h SUVs approved for California…


News: Supply shortfalls of upgraded components may delay iPhone 8 production to October/November

Well-connected KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has added his voice to growing speculation that Apple’s OLED iPhone 8 will debut later than the usual September launch time frame. Kuo said Apple’s efforts to pack as much cutting-edge technology as possible into the device will push mass production of the iPhone 8 into October or even November, with ‘significant hardware upgrades’ like the OLED screen, 3D camera sensors, integrated fingerprint…


News: Daily Deal: Fuse Chicken Titan Plus MFi Lightning Cable 1.5M Black

Today in iLounge Deals, you can pick up the Fuse Chicken Titan Plus MFi Lightning Cable 1.5M Black for only $29.99 — that’s 29% off the regular price. Make frayed and tangled cables a thing of the past with this steel-housed, MFi-certified Lightning cable. These industrial-grade cables are wrapped in two layers of flexible, high-strength steel, with aluminum housings sealing the Lightning and USB connectors on each end, so this may be the…


News: Apple recruits two Google Satellite Executives

Apple has hired two top Google satellite executives for a new hardware team that it is creating, Bloomberg reports. Citing people familiar with the matter, the report notes that Apple has recently hired John Fenwick former lead of Google’s spacecraft operations, and Michael Trela, who headed up satellite engineering at Google. Both now allegedly report to Greg Duffy, the Dropcam cofounder who joined Apple in January. Speculation on Duffy’s…


News: Apple releases JavaScript API for playing Live Photos on the web

Apple has unveiled LivePhotosKit JS, a new JavaScript API that will allow web developers to incorporate support for playback of iOS Live Photos into their web pages. The API presents the player as a DOM element in a similar way to an image or video tag, and can be customized with photo and video resources and developers can choose to either control playback programmatically or provide controls to the end user. The new API is also relatively easy for…


News: Daily Deal: FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds

In today’s iLounge Deal, you can get the FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds for only $29.95 — that’s 75% off the regular price. Designed to be sweat and water resistant, these earbuds automatically pair to your iPhone when pulled apart so there are no complicated setup procedures, and provide a smooth fit and unrivalled sound quality in their size. The built-in rechargeable battery gives you up to 10 hours of playtime, and you…


Tip of the Day: Filtering Explicit Language in Siri

If you’ve got kids at home with their own iPad or iPod touch, it won’t be long before they figure out that they can have a chat with Siri, and unfortunately while Siri’s voice recognition is pretty good, it can’t always keep up with the developing language skills of a young child. So it’s not surprising that sometimes Siri won’t quite be able to accurately transcribe what they’re trying to say, but sometimes…


Gear: X-Doria Defense Lux Wood Line for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

X-Doria’s taken its classic Defense Lux case in a stylish new direction with its new Wooden Line, taking the same basic design of the Lux cases and backing them with a real wood finish. It adds a nice touch of old-world class to an already nice case design, and it’s worth mentioning that X-Doria’s done a good thing with the pricing on the entire Defense Lux line of cases since we first reviewed the iPhone 6 and 6s versions; the basic…


News: Nike unveils new Nike-exclusive ‘Apple Watch NikeLab’

Nike has unveiled Apple Watch NikeLab, a new limited edition version of the Apple Watch Nike+ that debuted last fall. The new neutral-toned Apple Watch is essentially just a design change, pairing up a space grey Apple Watch Series 2 with a black and white sports band, and otherwise continues to include the same features of the other Nike+ models, integrating the Nike+ Run Club app with the standard Apple Watch hardware and watchOS 3. The new model…


News: Prince single ‘Deliverance’ disappears from Apple Music

Only hours after Prince’s “Deliverance” went live on Apple Music, the track now appears to have been pulled from not only Apple Music, but several other streaming services as well, AppleInsider reports. The single track debuted early yesterday morning as the title track to Prince’s upcoming album, scheduled to be released on Friday, but later disappeared for unknown reasons. Reports speculate that the removal was likely in…



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