Apple apparently gives up owning its own flagship stores in India

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Apple India seemingly can't open its own a flagship store like the one in NYC, so it's forced to turn to francinees to do it.
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It’s going to be years before Apple India can hope to open flagship retail stores. So the company is allowing local franchisees to open huge Apple stores in major cities to take their place.

India puts stringent requirements on companies who want to open retail stores, and so far Apple hasn’t met them.

Say goodbye to Back to My Mac in macOS Mojave

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Apple Remote Desktop is one of the applications that replaces Back to My Mac.
Apple Remote Desktop is one of the applications that replaces Back to My Mac.
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There’s bad news for anyone who’s still a fan of Back to My Mac: Apple is killing off this suite of remote-access applications.

The good news is that Apple’s doing so because all the functionality has been supplanted by newer options. 

Apple lands TV series on one team’s effort to stop climate change

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Apple is adding a highly anticipated climate change drama series to a burgeoning roster of original television content that may one day rival Netflix.

Apple reportedly fought off aggressive competition to produce a TV series based on Nathaniel Rich’s New York Times Sunday Magazine story entitled “Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change.”

iOS App Dock could migrate to the iPhone’s edges

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Phone side screens.could take the place of physical buttons and switches. And there'll be app icons and notifications on the edges, too.
Phone side screens.could take the place of physical buttons and switches. And there'll be app icons and notifications on the edges, too.
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Apple is considering bending an iPhone display around the sides of the device, making additional room for buttons and status notifications.

This isn’t a new concept, as rival devices have does something similar for years. But Apple filed a patent for these side-screens just 9 months ago, so it’s clearly still interested in the idea.

iPhone sales could take hit in one of the most Apple-mad countries

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Japan loves its iPhones. But a proposed law could make some consumers consider cheaper Android handsets.
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The Japanese government is considering a move to block carriers from bundling the cost of smartphones into monthly services fees. This comes after regulators last month said Apple violated anti-trust laws by forcing carriers to subsidize iPhones.

Apple has dominated the Japanese smartphone market for the last five years. The flagship iPhone X is the most expensive smartphone on the market at more than $1,000, but customers feel little to no pinch in the pocketbook as the cost becomes part of a fixed contract with monthly service fees.

Dark Sky weather app gets a complete redesign

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Some weather.
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Another day, another new weather app. Dark Sky was already a big favorite, thanks to its hyper-local forecasts that tell you when it will rain outside your door, down to the minute.

Well, the app just got updated to version 6.0. According to the Dark Sky developers, it’s a completely new app — an update in name only. Let’s take a look.

Apple scraps a bunch of Watch bands ahead of September event

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That Apple Watch band you wanted may be gone.
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Apple has removed a bunch of Apple Watch bands from its online store while many others are sold out ahead of its annual September event.

It seems likely Apple will introduce new band designs and styles alongside Apple Watch Series 4 this fall. Regulatory filings for the new wearable all but confirm a new model is imminent.

Woz wades into murky cryptocurrency waters

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has a growing fascination with cryptocurrency.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has a growing fascination with cryptocurrency.
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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has lived the risk-to-riches story. He built computers in a garage with a good partner and we all know how that turned out.

But red flags are waving as the Woz takes an interest in cryptocurrency. He’s reportedly hitching his wagon to partners with a dubious track record.

Apple could fix Tesla’s crippling production problems

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Apple expertise could help Tesla meet its production goals for the Model 3. And Tesla could help create the iCar.
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Tesla is struggling to get its cars into customer’s hands. Apple is quietly developing its own self-driving car. The two should team up, according to one investor.

Apple would provide its long experience in bringing high tech products to market. Tesla would contribute fresh ideas to the partnership.

Parallels 14 brings macOS Mojave support, big speed boost

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Parallels 14 is a massive upgrade.
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Parallels, the popular virtualization software for Mac, just got a massive upgrade.

Version 14 comes with macOS Mojave support and a significant speed boost, as well as welcome storage optimizations. It also brings a bunch of handy new features, including the ability to access Windows apps shortcuts on the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar.