Developers enjoy a huge boost from iOS 11’s App Store redesign

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The iPhone App Store is a sort of magazine about iOS software.
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The iOS App Store got a new look last fall, and the change has greatly benefited developers of third-party applications, as Apple intended. A new study found that getting named Game of the Day results in an 800 percent increase in downloads.

Inclusion in the other segments of the App Store Today screen brought improved performance as well.

Listen to your favorite tunes without the hassle of wires [Deals]

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Thinking about getting the Apple Airpods? The Minim Wireless Earbuds are a great cheaper option.
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Audio accessories have come a long way since those iconic earmuff-like headphones some of you might remember from the 70s. Nowadays, it’s common to see people listening to music with sleek portable earphones at cafes or the gym.

Today in Apple history: Rumors fly that Canon might buy Apple

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Apple was up for sale in the 1990s.
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April 21: Today in Apple history: Rumors fly that Canon might buy Apple April 21, 1995: Rumors swirl that Canon (yes, the Japanese camera company!) might take over Apple in either a partial or complete acquisition.

Speculation grows about a possible deal after Apple reveals its latest earnings, which show big improvement but still fall far short of Wall Street’s expectations.

AT&T, Verizon tried to subvert a technology Apple embraces

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An eSIM is far smaller than a standard one, and much more flexible. But not if some carriers get their way.
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The Department of Justice is investigating whether AT&T and Verizon colluded to subvert the primary goal of electronic SIMs. This new tech makes it easy to switch between service providers, something to two largest wireless carriers apparently wanted to prevent. 

Apple uses an eSIM in the Apple Watch Series 3. And last year this company formally complained to the DoJ that the two carriers were pressuring an international standards body to make an anticompetitive change to this emerging tech. 

Redesigned Apple A12 iPhone processor will be faster, more efficient

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The A11 Bionic is a fine processor, but the Apple A12 is expected to be even better.
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Official details of the processor for the 2018 iPhone are months away, but we can already be confident the Apple A12 will be at least 20 percent faster than the current chip, while using 40 percent less power.

And this is the minimal performance improvement to be expected. Apple’s next devices will almost certainly be even speedier.

Score 3 years of bulletproof VPN protection [Deals]

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CargoVPN keeps your data encrypted both on your Macbook and iPhone
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At this point, if you don’t know that the internet is risky place, you aren’t paying attention. Every click, every post, every bit of content consumed, is an opportunity to have data collected on you. It’s important to protect your data and identity online, and one of the best ways is with a VPN.

How to use age restrictions to protect your kids from adult apps and movies

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Children were restricted differently in the past.
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The iPad and iPhone can be great learning tools for kids, just the same as they are for adults (only with more clowns and talking animals). But even if you don’t want to fully lock-down your iPad to restrict what your kids can do, you might want to stop then from downloading adult-oriented apps. That includes violent games, scary books, and dirty movies.

Hiya Caller ID and Blocker keeps robocallers at bay [50 Essential iOS Apps #3]

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Hiya identifies potentially malicious phone calls
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50 Essential iOS Apps: Hiya Caller ID and BlockerKnowing when to answer a call from an unknown number is a game of chance. It might be a family emergency, or it might be a scammer trying to rip you off. Hiya Caller ID and Block is a simple iOS app that attempts to determine whether incoming phone calls are telemarketers, spam, or something worth picking up for.

Doom is not on Apple’s audacious agenda

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Believe it or not, Apple has a plan.
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With smartphone sales plateauing, the iPhone can no longer propel Apple to the sort of stratospheric success the company (and its shareholders) enjoyed over the past decade.

Is Apple CEO Tim Cook clueless? Will Apple be caught flat-footed, unable to pivot and move to the next big thing? The latest prediction of Apple’s impending doom sounds particularly dire.

Your first look at the new Apple Newton documentary

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Documentary will tell the story of one of Apple's most underrated products.
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Apple’s Newton MessagePad is one of the most intriguing Apple products in history: a product people considered a flop, but which was actually years ahead of its time.

If you’re a fan of the device, then this weekend you’ve got the chance to attend an exclusive screening of forthcoming documentary, Love Notes to Newton. It tells the story of the rise, fall, and rise again of one of Apple’s most fascinating (and misunderstood) product lines.

Check out the trailer below.