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US lawmakers detail 3 ways to address Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon antitrust concerns

The US House Judiciary Committee held a major hearing on big tech antitrust concerns last summer. That included testimony from Tim Cook, Sundar Pichai, Jeff Bezos, and Mark Zuckerberg. Now the Antitrust subcommittee has met again today and revealed more details on how legislation that could be proposed as early as this spring could aim to reform big tech like Apple.

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Apple training Siri to detect and adapt to users who stutter using research and podcast catalog

Apple is investigating ways to enhance its Siri voice assistant for users with atypical speech patterns, the company confirms to the Wall Street Journal. According to the report, Apple is leveraging its podcast library for speech samples that could train Siri to adapt to users who speak with a stutter.

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Studio Dumbar shares animated map created by Today at Apple artists around the world

On February 18, hundreds of creatives from across the world joined the teams from Apple, It’s Nice That, and Studio Dumbar to build a collaborative world map animated with iPads, iPhones, and Macs. The interactive map is now available to explore.

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Twitter reveals ‘Super Follow’ paid service, new groups feature, more at Analyst Day event

During an Analyst event today, Twitter revealed at least part of the paid subscription service it’s been working on for some time. It’s called “Super Follow” and will allow users to get exclusive content, deals, and community access to creators for $4.99/month. Other announcements include the testing of a new groups feature, “Safety mode,” company growth goals, and more.

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macOS Big Sur 11.2.2 released with fix for using MacBooks with ‘non-compliant’ USB-C hubs

Apple has released macOS Big Sur 11.2.2. to the public today with a fix for MacBook Pro and MacBook Air users. Apple says the update “prevents” certain models from “incurring damage” when they are connected to third-party USB-C hubs and docks.

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Apple celebrating Women’s History Month with App Store interviews, Fitness+, and more

March is Women’s History Month along with International Women’s Day landing on the 8th. And Apple has announced its wide-ranging plans to celebrate the day and month across the App Store, Apple TV app, Apple Music, Apple News, Podcasts, Fitness+, Today at Apple sessions, and more.

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Feature Request: Have Apple Mail block tracking pixels in emails

John Gruber over at Daring Fireball has argued that Apple Mail should block tracking pixels in emails. I agree 100%. This seems to me to be a much-needed feature that would be completely in line with Apple’s strong privacy stance.

For anyone not familiar with email tracking pixels, these are usually links to single-pixel images hidden inside HTML emails. They are usually either transparent, or part of an email graphic in the footer, so they are invisible to the user…

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9to5Mac Daily: February 25, 2021 – Apple Music, iMac redesign rumors

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Withings expands Apple Health accessories with new cellular smart scale and blood pressure monitor

Withings has been a leader in the smart health device market for years and today the company has announced its latest releases, the Body Pro cellular smart scale and Withings BPM Connect Pro cellular blood pressure monitor. With the extra connectivity, Withings is able to offer out of the box secure transfer of patients’ data from home to health care professionals.

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Apple donating $1 million to LGBTQ+ nonprofit Encircle, Tim Cook to join as honorary co-chair

Apple is teaming up with Encircle, a nonprofit that provides community resource houses to LGBTQ+ youth and their families. Apple will be donating $1 million and contributing products that “promote digital connection” to the organization, while Apple CEO Tim Cook will serve as an honorary co-chair.

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CleanMyMac X overhauls UI and adds new option to rid your Apple Silicon Mac of Intel remnants

CleanMyMac X is one of my favorite Mac utilities for uninstalling apps I no longer needed, freeing up hard drive space by clearing full caches and general macOS maintenance. Today, they’ve released a great update that adds support for Apple Silicon, a refreshed interface for macOS Big Sur, and the option to remove Intel binaries.

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HomeKit remote control ‘Wemo Stage’ to compete with Philips Hue Dimmer

An upcoming Belkin HomeKit remote control to be known as the Wemo Stage has been discovered through FCC documents. Like the Philips Hue dimmer, there are several buttons that can be used to activate different devices and scenes, and it can either be used as a mobile remote or attached to a wall-plate.

The documents include photos that show a small white unit with three buttons…

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Target launching new ‘Apple shopping destinations’ in stores and online

Target is planning to expand its focus on Apple products. The retailer announced today that it will open “Apple shopping destination” experiences in retail stores around the United States, while also overhauling the experience of buying Apple products from the Target website.

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Apple subpoenas in Epic case are OTT, says judge, but it gets Steam data

Apple subpoenas in the Epic Games case are over the top, says a judge in the case, noting that the iPhone maker was seemingly demanding information from anyone and everyone. But he did rule that the company should get some of the Steam data it wanted in order to help understand how the games market as a whole operates.

Apple had demanded hugely sensitive Steam data to help its defense in the Epic antitrust lawsuit…

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UK iPhone owners could be due a payout from Qualcomm

UK iPhone owners could be in line for a payout from Qualcomm, if legal action by a major British consumer association succeeds. Each owner of an iPhone or Samsung smartphone bought since the beginning of October 2015 could receive around £30 ($42).

Qualcomm is accused of abusing its dominant position in the modem chip business to overcharge Apple and Samsung, which then passed costs on to consumers…

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Overcast gains redesigned Apple Watch app with chapter skipping, speed controls, and more

Popular podcast app Overcast got a major update today that includes an all new Apple Watch app, improved compatibility with Siri, and other improvements. The headline of this release, labeled 2021.1, is undoubtedly the redesigned watchOS app. New watch apps are fairly rare these days, so it’s exciting when an existing one gains a big update. The new app is more streamlined and adds several features previously only available on your paired iPhone.

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Belkin planning AirPlay 2 and HomeKit audio adapter for retrofitting smart features

One of the best features of the now discontinued AirPort Express was the ability to turn a regular speaker into an AirPlay-enabled speaker via the 3.5mm mini-jack port. Although Apple no longer sells AirPort Express, Belkin is working on a new adapter that will allow users to connect any speakers over AirPlay 2.

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