Get Corel’s pro digital art Mac app at a massive discount [Deals]


This pro Mac app from Corel includes all the tools you need for creating digital masterpieces.
This pro Mac app from Corel includes all the tools you need for creating digital masterpieces.
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Creating great digital art requires great tools, and a few graphic design apps. Unfortunately that also means spending a ton of money. So this deal on one of the best industry-standard Mac apps is a can’t-miss opportunity.

Corel Painter 2019 usually costs about $430, but right now you can get it for a full 41 percent discount.

Massive study proves Apple Watch could save your life


Apple Watch will keep tabs on your heart rhythm.
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Stanford scientists have declared that the Apple Watch is capable of safely identifying the heart rate irregularities known as atrial fibrillation. This is a big step in the Apple Watch being taken seriously as a medical device. A-fib is the leading cause of stroke and hospitalization in the United States,

The research was based on a virtual study involving upward of 400,000 participants. The work was funded by Apple.

Angela Ahrendts was the ‘Renaissance that never quite was’


Apple's ex-retail chief Angela Ahrendts with at the Apple Watch unveiling in 2014.
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It’s not 100 percent clear whether former retail boss Angela Ahrendts left Apple voluntarily or was pushed out. However, a new report suggests that she didn’t quite live up to the hype.

“Angela Ahrendts was supposed to be the Renaissance that never quite was,” a former Apple store manager says. “We were getting conflicting direction on a semi-regular basis and a lot of new initiatives on what seemed like a weekly basis. Nothing seemed to quite stick.”

It gives a slightly chaotic sense of the time spent at Apple by Ahrendts — who was among the company’s top earning employees.

5 Apple original shows finish filming ahead of March 25 event


Apple TV Siri Remote
But they won't be ready for streaming for a while.
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Five of Apple’s original TV shows have now finished filming, according to a new report. They have entered post-production ahead of the company’s March 25 event, but they’re not expected to be available until the fall.

Apple is said to be working on around six other shows that are still in production. The company is also developing lots more original content that is planned to debut in 2020.

Another Apple supplier struggles with declining iPhone sales


iPhone sales
Largan Precision wants to find non-Apple partners to buy its wares.
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Another major Apple supplier is reportedly searching for new ways of diversifying its business at a time of slumping iPhone sales.

According to a new report, camera lens maker Largan Precision is targeting “non-Apple” customers to buy its products. It is particularly focused on Samsung, Huawei and Xiaomi.

AirPower incoming? Apple Online Store mysteriously goes down


Apple Store down
What's happening?
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The Apple Online Store has mysteriously gone down this morning, leading fans to wonder whether AirPower and new iPads are on the way.

Apple has an event planned for March 25, but it is thought that will focus on services rather than hardware. It is certainly plausible that refreshed devices will be added to the store this morning without much fanfare.