Apple TV+ subscriber numbers could be stronger than many think

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Apple TV+ could be ahead of Hulu, Disney+ in U.S. subscribers
Apple TV+ is off to a roaring start, it seems.
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A new analyst report suggests 33.6 million customers were ready and waiting to subscribe to Apple TV+ before its November launch and estimates that number could grow to 40 million subscribers by the end of this year.

If accurate, the numbers from TV industry market analyst Ampere Analysis would put Apple TV+ ahead of Hulu and Disney+, and already at more than 50% of Netflix in the United States.

Trojan using fake Flash updates infects 1 in 10 Macs

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The Shlayer Trojan hides in fake Flash update pages like this.
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A dangerous piece of Mac malware that hides as a fake Flash warning is a growing security threat to Mac users with one in 10 Macs infected, according to the security firm, Kaspersky.

The Shlayer Trojan has been active since early 2018 and so far it shows no signs of going away quietly. Shlayer has had an enormous amount of success attacking Macs, even though it’s a rather normal piece of malware.

These gorgeous cases wrap your AirPods Pro in luxury leather

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With AirPods Pro sold out everywhere, the last thing you want to do is destroy the pair you already own. Protect them with Elago’s gorgeous new cases instead, and never worry about them getting beaten up.

Made from natural cowhide leather, the cases are brilliantly robust and beautiful. They come in a number of color options, and include a clip that lets you attach them to almost anything.

They’re also a steal at just $23!

Palm-size pillows will have you dreaming about that first Mac

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On this day in 1984, the first Macintosh computers started shipping. Who could have imagined that 36 years later to the day, this iconic machine would be commemorated with a tiny plush pillow that fits in your hand?

Only one person possesses this kind of vision – Roberto Hoyos. His Throwboy brand is launching a crowdfunding campaign today for two new plush Mac toys.

Broadcom lands $15 billion deal with Apple to sell it iPhone components

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Broadcom has multiple chip deals with Apple. Two new ones increase its partnership value to $15 billion.
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Chipmaker Broadcom has inked two multi-year deals with Apple to sell it some $15 billion in wireless components for its iPhone product line, the company announced in an SEC filing on Thursday.

The announcement did not specify which components Broadcom would provide to the iPhone maker. The deals apply to “Apple products launched during the three and a half year period beginning in January 2020,” the chipmaker said.

Why everyone’s upset about AirPods Pro, and Tim Cook’s favorite shower tech, this week on The CultCast

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Finally, you too can shower like Tim Cook. We'll tell you how.
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This week on The CultCast: It’s not your imagination — Apple changed AirPods Pro and made them worse! We’ll tell you what’s going on. Plus: A new report says Apple caved to FBI pressure to keep your iCloud backups less safe. And stay tuned to hear about about Tim Cook’s favorite new … shower tech? Rub-a-dub-dub, my friends.

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Apple leases new offices near Apple Park

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Apple leases new offices near to Apple Park
Not running out of space at Apple Park already, guys?
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An estimated 12,000 people can comfortably work together in Apple Park. But Apple’s a big company — and 12,000 people is only a drop in the ocean.

For that reason, Apple has leased six floors in a nearby office building, just six minutes’ drive from its enormous circular headquarters at One Apple Park Way.

Today in Apple history: Apple ships the first Mac

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Apple lays out the strengths of the revolutionary Macintosh 128K.
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January 24: Today in Apple history: Apple ships the first Mac January 24, 1984: Apple ships its first Mac, the mighty Macintosh 128K.

Bringing a mouse and graphical user interface to the masses, and heralded by an acclaimed Super Bowl commercial that’s still talked about today, the first-gen Mac will quickly become one of the most important personal computers ever released.

Facebook Messenger could protect your messages with Face ID

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An extra layer of protection for your messages.
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Facebook Messenger could soon add Face ID support to protect your conversations from nosy neighbors.

The feature would prevent access to Messenger until it is first unlocked with your face. It seems like a useful addition to the app for the security-conscious, but it’s still in development for now.