Some of your favorite iOS apps are feeding your data to Facebook

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Deleting your Facebook account isn’t enough to stop some apps from sending deeply personal information about you to the social network.

The Wall Street Journal found a wide range of apps that send personal information to Facebook even if you don’t have an account. Health apps and real estate apps were discovered sending a lot of information to Facebook and the type of data might surprise you.

How gesture controls could replace 3D Touch and bring multi-touch to the Mac [Opinion]

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Hovering your finger over an icon could bring up more options
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Next week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, LG looks set to unveil a revolutionary new smartphone with gesture controls. In a brief teaser video, the South Korean tech giant boldly promises the end of multi-touch — the way we’ve all been interacting with smartphones ever since the iPhone launched in 2007.

A gesture sensor could pick up hand movements in front of the device, rather than requiring physical interaction with the screen itself. So, for example, you could point at a button from a distance, rather than actually needing to tap the glass screen to select it.

In reality, I doubt that gestures will replace multi-touch anytime soon. However, I do think Apple could make intelligent use of this new tech. It could replace 3D Touch (which Apple looks set to scrap), and it could serve as a clever way to finally bring multi-touch to the Mac.

Big discounts on MacBooks and more today only [Deals & Steals]

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Save $450 on the MacBook Pro at Amazon.
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If you missed out on the chance to bag a cheap HomePod over the holidays, you’re in luck. Woot currently has a bunch of refurbished units available for just $234.99, saving you $114 off the usual price. These are just some of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & Steals roundup.

We also have a big discount on the latest 12-inch MacBook, an even bigger discount on the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, and more deals on Beats. Plus, you can save $40 on the Amazon Fire TV Cube, and pick up a TP-Link Wi-Fi adapter for your Mac for under $9.

Galaxy S10+ tops iPhone XS in new camera rankings

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Can Samsung's top-rated camera system convince you to switch?
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The ink on all the press Samsung is getting for its new line of Galaxy smartphones is barely dry, but the camera on the S10+ already has received top marks from testing lab DxOMark.

One of five new Galaxy phones launched this week, the S10+ tied two Huawei handsets as the best-rated smartphones for mobile photographers.

Exciting concept shows what a folding iPhone could look like

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Would you like a folding smartphone from Apple?
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Samsung showed off its foldable smartphone this week, and while it’s clearly a first-generation model, it’s got a lot of people excited. Foldable phones have the potential to combine our phones and tablets in a way that offers a big display and a pocket-size form factor, all in one.

What would a foldable iPhone look like? With help from industrial designer Roy Gilsing, the folks over at Foldable.News have taken a swing at showing us.

Infographic highlights how Apple brand dominates other companies

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Apple is one heck of a powerful brand name around the world.
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Apple’s been around for more than 40 years. However, it wasn’t until surprisingly recently that it became the company we know today; a surefire lock for titles like the world’s most admired company.

An astonishing new data visualization highlights this. Using Interbrand’s “brand value” as its metric, it shows just dominant Apple has been in the last several years. And how surprisingly late it entered the list of world’s most valuable brands.

Samsung could use sneaky trick to delay foldable iPhone

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The Galaxy Fold makes an iPhone XS Max look cheap.
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Samsung has beaten Apple to the foldable smartphone, and it could have a sneaky trick up its sleeve to prevent the iPhone-maker from catching up quickly.

Analysts expect Samsung to hold off on selling its Infinity Flex displays to delay a foldable iPhone. It’s unlikely Apple would be able to source flexible OLED displays elsewhere.

Take a deep dive into SEO and digital marketing [Deals]

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Through 9 courses and 57 hours of content, learn what it takes to make your mark online.
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The internet represents the some of the most exciting opportunities for business that the world has seen in decades. So whether you want to sell something or just be more effective in reaching an audience, it’s worth knowing the ropes.

Huge Apple hardware updates are on the horizon, this week on the The CultCast

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Apple's about to update everything.

This week on The CultCast: a totally new 16” MacBook Pro; a new 6K cinema display; new Mac Pro; new AirPods; new iPads and iPhones; even a new iPod Touch… according to a new report, Apple’s about to make huge updates to their ENTIRE product line. This could be one of the best hardware releases in years.

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Apple Watch’s heart-reading tech may have saved another life

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Apple Watch's heart monitoring tech has helped another person.
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The Apple Watch’s EKG heart rate monitor has possibly saved the life of yet another person.

According to a new report, the Apple Watch belonging to a man in Bothell, Washington was used to diagnose atrial fibrillation. Sometimes shortened to “a-fib” or “AF,” this refers to an irregular, fast heartbeat. It even won over skeptical medics in the process.