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Charging an Apple Pencil Can Keep You From Unlocking Your Car

In a strange twist, the second-generation Apple Pencil’s charging mechanism can interfere with car key fobs. Luckily, it’s easy to avoid the problem.

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Apple and Qualcomm Settle Patent Royalty Suits and Agree to Licensing

After years of patent battles, Apple and Qualcomm have suddenly dropped all legal action and are now partnering up again, with Apple paying Qualcomm an unspecified licensing fee. Intel dropping its 5G modem development was probably related.

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Disney Pulls No Punches Going after Netflix

Disney has finally announced the details of its upcoming Disney+ streaming service, which will offer a breathtaking amount of old and new content for a mere $6.99 per month. How will Netflix respond?

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Amazon Workers May Be Listening to Your Alexa Conversations

Bloomberg has revealed that Amazon pays people to listen to a subset of Alexa recordings for the purpose of improving the technology. Do you trust Amazon with recordings of everything you say within an Echo’s earshot?

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Netflix Removes AirPlay Support from Its iOS App

Netflix has removed AirPlay support from its iOS app, citing “technical limitations” that outside observers suspect have more to do with the competitive landscape than anything else.

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A Close Look at the Titanium Apple Card’s Design

Designer Arun Venkatesan has published a detailed study of the physical Apple Card, due later this year. A lot more thought has gone into it than you might have realized.

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Apple Cuts HomePod Price to $299

Apple has permanently lowered the price of its HomePod smart speaker by $50, from $349 to $299. Was it just overpriced or is Apple clearing the decks for a new model?

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All the Magazines Available on Apple News+ in the US

Federico Viticci of MacStories has taken on the thankless task of documenting every available magazine on Apple News+ in the US. Turns out there aren’t actually 300 of them, and only about half are in Apple News Format.

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The EU Passes Copyright Directive

The European Union has passed the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive and its controversial Articles 11 and 13, which regulate online use of news articles and posting of copyrighted content. But it will be several years before it’s implemented in the laws of EU members states.

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European Commission Fines Google €1.49 Billion

The European Commission has fined Google €1.49 billion for what it’s calling abusive advertising practices, but even that stunning amount isn’t close to the largest fine the EC has levied against the search giant. And it pales in comparison to Google’s revenues.

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For Better or Worse, GarageBand Has Changed Music

Since its introduction in 2004, Apple’s GarageBand has become a staple in music production, perhaps even more than you may have realized.

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Apple and Stanford Announce Results of Heart Study

Can wearables like the Apple Watch help advance medical research? The results of the massive Apple Heart Study would suggest so.

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The Tragic Death of “Do Not Track”

Over at Fast Company, Glenn Fleishman documents the rise and fall of the Do Not Track browser setting, a well-intentioned but ultimately doomed effort to make privacy easy for users.

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Apple Responds to Spotify

Apple has published a response to Spotify’s Time to Play Fair site and complaint to the European Commission, but the response has drawn criticism from Apple developers and commentators.

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Flickr Vows to Not Delete Creative Commons Images or Those of Deceased Members

In an effort to make the company’s business model sustainable, Flickr is deleting excess images, but it’s taking new measures to soften the blow.