Apple adds support for Live Activities in its Shazam app
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by Dennis Sellers
17h ago
Apple has added support for Live Activities in Shazam, its free music discovery and identification app. They keep you updated when you’re searching for music in the background. Shazam is a music recognition app that Apple acquired in 2018 for US$400 million. Last year it passed 220 million monthly active users worldwide. It’s available as a standalone app and as a built-in feature on the iPhone and iPad. The post Apple adds support for Live Activities in its Shazam app appeared first on MacTech.com ..read more
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Apple’s iPhone shipments in Europe declined by 1% year-over-year in the first quarter 
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by Dennis Sellers
18h ago
Apple’s iPhone shipments in Europe declined by 1% year-over-year (YoY) in the first quarter (Q1) as iPhone 15 sales continued to tail off due to seasonality, according to new data from Counterpoint Research.  With no iPhone SE expected in 2024, shipments should continue to drop until the launch of the iPhone 16 later in the year, the research group adds. Overall, European smartphone shipments rose 10% YoY in Q1 2024, finally putting an end to a string of YoY declines going back to Q3 2021.  Samsung regained top spot from Apple in the quarter, helped by the well-received Galaxy S24 se ..read more
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Apple accused of still sourcing minerals from conflict areas in eastern Congo
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by Dennis Sellers
18h ago
International lawyers representing the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo said on Wednesday they had new evidence gathered from whistleblowers, which deepened concerns that Apple could be sourcing minerals from conflict areas in eastern Congo, reports Reuters. In a statement, the lawyers urged Apple to answer questions about its supply chain in the country, and said they were evaluating legal options. Apple did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment. Last month the Democratic Republic of Congo’s government notified Apple over concerns that the tech giant’s supply ..read more
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Fourth season of comedy ‘Trying’ debuts today on Apple TV+
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by Dennis Sellers
18h ago
The fourth season of the comedy series, “Trying,” debuts today on Apple TV+. It stars  BAFTA Award nominee Esther Smith and SAG Award nominee Rafe Spall. Here’s how season four is described: In this exciting new season, we fast-forward six years to discover that Nikki (Smith) and Jason (Spall) are experienced adopters having built a lovely little nuclear family, enriched by an extraordinary support network. However, as their teenage daughter, Princess (Scarlett Rayner), starts to yearn for a connection with her birth mother, Nikki and Jason find themselves confronted with the ultimate tes ..read more
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Banking veteran Cynthia Bowman is Apple’s new diversity chief
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by Dennis Sellers
19h ago
Apple has hired a new diversity chief for the fourth time in recent years as the company “seeks to make its workforce more inclusive,” reports Bloomberg. Banking veteran Cynthia Bowman is taking over the role from Barbara Whye, becoming vice president of inclusion and diversity. Bowman left Bank of America Corp. earlier this year after a 17-year career there, serving most recently as chief diversity, inclusion and social responsibility officer. Whye was hired as Apple’s diversity chief in November 2020. She replaced Christie Smith who resigned in July 2020. I hope that you’ll consider becoming ..read more
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Apple TV+ renews drama ‘Drops of God’ for a second season
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by Dennis Sellers
19h ago
Apple TV+ announced it has acquired season two of the multilingual French-Japanese drama “Drops of God” from Legendary Entertainment.  A Legendary Entertainment production, the series is produced by Les Productions Dynamic in association with 22H22 and Adline Entertainment. “Drops of God” is adapted from the New York Times bestselling Japanese manga series of the same name created and written by the award-winning Tadashi Agi, illustrated by Shu Okimoto and published by Kodansha Ltd. The series stars Fleur Geffrier (“Das Boot,” “Elle”) as Camille Léger and Tomohisa Yamashita (“The Head ..read more
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Apple TV+s ‘Time Bandits’ with Lisa Kudrow will premiere July 24
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by Dennis Sellers
19h ago
Apple TV+ has announced the premiere date for the all-new comedic adventure series, “Time Bandits,” the first-ever television adaptation of the beloved cult classic movie, to launch globally on Wednesday, July 24.  Here’s how the series is described: Created for television by Jemaine Clement (“Flight of the Conchords”), Iain Morris (“The Inbetweeners”) and Taika Waititi (“Our Flag Means Death”), and produced for Apple TV+ by Paramount Television Studios, Anonymous Content’s AC Studios and MRC, “Time Bandits” is an unpredictable journey through time and space with a ragtag group of thieves ..read more
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ESR introduces a waterproof pouch for the iPhone
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by Dennis Sellers
19h ago
ESR has launched a US$21.99 waterproof pouch design exclusively for iPhone users.  This new addition incorporates an inner shell precisely shaped for Apple smartphones, ensuring full functionality of the device, particularly for photography, while providing protection from water. The ESR waterproof pouch features an inflatable design that allows for touchscreen photography up to 3 meters underwater. For optimal photo quality, the camera lens is fitted with precision cutouts and made from transparent TPU material with a light transmission rate exceeding 92%. Featuring a fully enc ..read more
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Addigy Extends One-Click Apple Device Security
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by Dennis Sellers
22h ago
Addigy — a solution built to deliver live, real-time, and continuously connected Apple device management — has announced “significant” compliance capabilities.  The company revealed extended compliance benchmarks for iOS and iPadOS devices and enhanced customization capabilities for all Apple devices. With this announcement, Addigy offers the easiest, fastest, and most flexible way for IT admins and MSPs to secure Apple devices, at any scale, according to Addigy Founder and CEO Jason Dettbarn. In addition to supporting Apple MDM (mobile device management), Addigy’s extended solution also ..read more
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PETA Slams Apple TV+’s ‘Bad Monkey’ for ‘Animal Exploitation’
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by Dennis Sellers
2d ago
Primatologist and PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Welfare Debbie Metzler has slammed Apple TV+’s upcoming series, “Bad Monkey,” which used a real monkey despite receiving warnings from PETA about the tragic lives of primates used for film and TV. “The real mystery of Bad Monkey is why showrunner Bill Lawrence decided to brazenly ignore PETA’s warnings that dragging real monkeys onto a set hinders conservation efforts and fuels an industry that snatches them away from their mothers, in addition to condemning them to lives of deprivation, misery, and pain,” Metzler says. “PETA is call ..read more
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