iPhone photographer turns lengthy commutes into works of art

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Dina Alfasi
Israeli photographer Dina Alfasi finds beauty in her work commute.
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Dina Alfasi is like most commuters. As soon as she finds a seat on the train or bus, she pulls out her iPhone.

Alfasi may look like she is catching up with emails, streaming music or reading the news. Instead, Alfasi is making a discreet photograph of the person across from her.

An insurance giant is now ‘right to repair’ movement’s big weapon

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iCracked repairs broken iPhone screens by sending technicians to the customer.
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Insurance giant Allstate has purchased third-party smartphone repair company iCracked, giving the Right to Repair movement much-needed lobbying muscle.

Already, the insurance company has assigned a lobbyist to proposed legislation underway in New Hampshire, one of 15 states considering Right to Repair bills opposed by tech companies, including Apple.

Drake drops $400,000 on blue diamond iPhone case

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When an ordinary Otter Box won't do.
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Canadian rapper Drake reportedly spent $400,000 to have a case for his iPhone X covered in diamonds and white gold.

Drake is known to have a thing for bling, but this one appears off the charts. The case is 18k white gold and is covered with small blue diamonds. In the center is a white gold owl, the logo for his record company, with two big diamonds for eyes.

Apple’s iPhone sales problem isn’t limited to China

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Critics say Apple needs to build more affordable iPhones. The XR is a start.
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China is not the only part of the world where Apple’s iPhone is losing market share to hard-charging Chinese brands.

Sales of the iPhone are falling off in Europe and Thailand, the second-biggest smartphone market in Southeast Asia, where shipments fell by more than 50 percent.

Apple takes heat over Saudi app that tracks women

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A Saudi man can use a government app to restrict the travel of his wife or daughter.
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A U.S. senator is asking Apple and Google to pull an app in Saudi Arabia that men use to track and restrict the movements of women.

Sen. Ron Wyden wrote a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook and Google boss Sundar Pichai asking them to “immediately remove” the app Absher, from their app stores.

WWDC 2019 is probably set for June 3-7

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Apple CEO Tim Cook on stage for WWDC 2018.
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Apple has likely booked the San Jose McEnery Convention Center to host WWDC 2019 from June 3 to June 7.

The tech giant typically waits until March to announce the dates for its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. However, a city events calendar lists June 6 for the conference’s big party for attendees, the WWDC Bash.

Blur is the new black in Apple’s latest iPhone ads

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Depth Control turns any distracting scene into a creamy backdrop for portrait subjects.
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Apple debuted an ad showing off the Depth Control feature on the new X-class iPhones, a 38-second subliminal sales pitch to get you thinking of an upgrade.

The iPhone XR and XS handsets offer the computational equivalent of shallow depth of field, where a blurred background can make portrait subject stand out.

Cinematic iPhone XR video shows intimate side of NYC

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Andy To loves New York City and here's the proof.
Screenshot: Andy To/YouTube

Andy To is a rising creative with a poetic touch to video and quickly becoming a name to know.

His name is now on the mind of Apple CEO Tim Cook, who gave the young filmmaker a shoutout on Twitter for a short on life in New York City captured all on the iPhone XR.

iPhone could be key to Apple Car (and that’s just the start)

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Apple is invested heavily in self-driving tech.
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The iPhone could transform into a secure version of a key fob that not only unlocks your vehicle, but it could also summon a parked vehicle to come to you.

Apple drops a breadcrumb on the path to an autonomous vehicle future, offering a possible glimpse into its Project Titan with a patent application for a keyless entry system.