Today in Apple history: Do you remember the Macintosh SE/30?


The Mac SE/30 was the greatest Mac of its generation.
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Jan19January 19, 1989: Apple introduces the Macintosh SE/30.

Arguably the greatest of the classic black-and-white compact Macs, the SE/30 boasted a 16 MHz 68030 processor, either 40 MB or 80 MB hard drive, and choice of 1 MB or 4 MB of RAM as standard — which, amazingly, could be expanded up to a whopping 128 MB RAM. Oh, and it packed 1.4M SuperDrive, too.

When you picture the ideal 1980s Macintosh, this is likely the machine which comes to mind. And for good reason!

South Korean court won’t allow Samsung heir’s arrest


Samsung still makes the best displays.
Samsung's heir apparent won't face charges.
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A court in South Korea has denied a request from special prosecutors to arrest the acting head of Samsung over alleged corruption and bribery charges.

Lee Kun-hee, Samsung’s vice chairman and the only son of its incapacitated chairman, had been accused of using Samsung subsidiaries to make possible bribery-related payments of $36 million as part of a scandal involving the country’s president Park Geun-hye and a confidante.

Hulu will add live streaming, offline viewing ‘in a few months’


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Hulu on Apple TV.
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Hulu has promised it will give subscribers a new live streaming bundle and the ability to download content for offline viewing “in a few months.”

Many of the company’s biggest competitors already offer an offline viewing feature, with Netflix the latest to join the party back in November. Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins assures fans that his team is “working hard” on it.

Apple could keep us waiting for 3 new iPads


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Apple is expected to launch three new iPad models in various sizes in 2017, but we may have to wait until the second half of the year to get our hands on them.

Sources in Apple’s supply chain have confirmed earlier reports that three new models are coming — but they’re unlikely to arrive this spring as previously anticipated.

Forgetful? This iOS app will jog your memory


The iOS app that gently asks,
The iOS app that gently asks, "Aren't you forgetting something?"
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In the old days, a piece of string tied around a finger served as a reminder. You just couldn’t forget what the string was for in the first place.

Today, there’s a better way to use your fingers to remember your keys, passport and other personal items with the iOS app Don’t Leave It! Type items into the app you can’t be without and an alert will go off should a certain distance separate you from that particular item.

Apple Pencil 2 may get magnets to stick to iPad Pro


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Apple Pencil is the best iPad accessory.
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Keeping tabs on your Apple Pencil is about to get a lot easier once Apple comes out with the second-generation version later this year.

A new rumor out of Asia claims Apple plans to release an updated version of its fancy stylus this spring and like the Smart Cover, it will use magnets to attach itself to your iPad.

Apple adds new music tools to Logic Pro X and GarageBand


Logic Pro X now supports the Touch Bar.
Logic Pro X now supports the Touch Bar.
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One of the most powerful synthesizers in the world has finally arrived on iPhone and iPad, thanks to a big update for GarageBand that Apple pushed to users this morning.

Both Garageband for iOS and Logic Pro X for macOS received huge new features today, bringing new music creation tools for iPhone and Mac users, as well as support for the new Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro.

Week’s best Apple deals: First-ever AirPods discount!


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Act fast to get a hot deal on AirPods!
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AirPods are the hottest item in tech right now, but you can already bag a discount on Apple’s wireless headphones. Plus, we’ve got iPhones both current- and past-gen to suit every taste and budget, all in this week’s best Apple deals.

iPhone 8 may pack frickin’ lasers for facial recognition


Lasers could be the iPhone's next big feature.
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Apple’s next iPhone may come with new facial recognition technology and actual friggin’ laser beams, according to an analyst.

By adding lasers near the front-facing camera, Apple will be able to depth-map objects, according to analysts at Cowen and Company. The camera could also be used for image recognition, enhancing security and fueling augmented reality.