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if you like getting fancy when signing off on your e-mails in apple mail, you’ll appreciate what smallcubed’s sigpro ($25) has to offer. recently given a major update for macos sierra, sigpro carries on where apple mail’s built-in signature options end off, allowing you to not only specify individual signatures for each of your mail accounts, but also distinct signatures to be used for each of your mail aliases on a single account. it goes far beyond this, however, with advanced dynamic signature features ranging from including account-specific info like your e-mail address while using the same signature block across multiple accounts, to including random quotations, the song you’re listening to in itunes, your latest blog posts, and even a skype button for your contacts to quickly reach out to you with a click.

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the addition of 3d touch to the iphone 6s has been a productivity boon for a lot of users, with information now more quickly accessible from the home screen and within key apps, and ios 10 improved upon this by putting widgets directly behind key icons on the home screen, and expanding the menus. while most of these popup menus remain static, there are some minor things that can be customized in certain apps. in the ios 10 mail app, for example, if…


apple is planning to forge ahead with its plans to manufacture iphone units in india, beginning with the iphone se, according to a new report in india’s economic times. citing sources familiar with the company’s plans, the report indicates that apple will initially assemble 300,000 - 400,000 units of the iphone se model at a plant in karnataka being set up by wistron, a company that apple has contracted with for its manufacturing plans…


in our ilounge deal for today, you can pick up a lifetime subscription to idrive unlimited mobile backup for only $19.99 — that’s 60% off the regular price. the unlimited cloud-based backup solution includes support for up to 5 mobile devices, which can include your iphone, ipad, and even android devices. data is backed up and secured with 256-bit aes encryption, and ensures that you contacts, photos, videos, calendars events, and more are…

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apple may be planning to phase out touch id in favour of a new facial recognition technology, according to a new research note by jpmorgan analyst rob hall, reported by macrumors. hall indicates that the rumoured 5.8-inch iphone with edge-to-edge oled display would phase out touch id due to apple’s removal of the home button to accommodate the new display, replacing it instead with a front-facing 3d laser scanner. his research note also suggests…


apple is planning to release a new apple tv sometime this year which will include ultra-high-definition 4k support, bloomberg reports. according to people familiar with the plans, the apple tv is internally codenamed “j105” and will also feature more vivid colors, but little else is known about the new device. sources suspect that it may not include any other significant new features beyond the processor upgrade necessary to support the…


apple has announced details for this year’s worldwide developers conference, which is scheduled to be held from jun. 5 - 9 at the mcenery convention center in san jose, california. registration is scheduled to open mar. 27 at 10:00 a.m. pdt, with the opportunity to purchase tickets being offered by random selection. only those who are members of the apple developer program as of the release of today’s announcement will be eligible to register…


it’s your last chance to pick up a lifetime subscription to mailbutler professional for only $34.99 — that’s 97% off the regular price. this highly-rated plug-in for apple mail lets you turn it into a full-featured personal assistant to increase your productivity. you can mark your e-mail messages as to-do items to ensure you never forget about important tasks, snooze emails to get back to later, track outgoing messages to see if they…


a new apple patent application outlines some possible ideas that apple may be working on for a new ipad pro smart keyboard, including the addition of new dedicated keys for sharing, accessing search and siri features, and bringing up the emoji keyboard. the patent application, titled user interface for a touch screen device in communication with a physical keyboard, primarily concerns itself with “user interfaces for viewing, creating, editing,…


with a new shell app, owners of the 2018 jaguar f-pace, xe and xf will be able to use apple pay to purchase their gas while sitting behind the wheel, the car maker announced. once the shell app is installed, drivers can pull up to the pump and select how much fuel they want using the car’s touch screen before completing the transaction with apple pay. while you’ll still have to pump the gas the old fashioned way, the move lets users avoid…


a small group of investors is pushing apple to increase diversity on its board of directors and at senior management levels, but the company is pushing back against those efforts, the verge reports. for the second straight year, investor tony maldonado has submitted a proposal asking apple to “adopt an accelerated recruitment policy ... to increase the diversity of senior management and its board of directors.” but in an sec filing, apple’s…


photo: motherboard apple is gearing up to fight “right to repair” legislation currently making its way through the nebraska state legislature, motherboard reports. nebraska is one of eight states considering legislation that would force apple and other electronics manufacturers to provide the public with diagnostic and service manuals so they can do their own repairs, but nebraska is the first state to schedule hearings for the proposed…

apple is currently in discussions with chinese technology company boe to begin supplying oled screens for the iphone as early as 2018, bloomberg reports. apple has currently contracted with samsung to provide 160 million oled displays for its 2017 iphones, but people familiar with the discussions said apple is considering adding boe to its list of suppliers moving forward to offset the chances of experiencing an oled display shortfall. boe is building…


today in ilounge deals, you can get pre-order the keezel online security & privacy solution with a two-year subscription for only $209 — that’s 16% off the regular price. designed to encrypt your internet traffic over any public wi-fi access point and secure your devices at the same time, this portable hardware vpn/firewall secures your internet connection with no installation or per-device configuration required. as a hardware-based solution…


if you use the built in mail app on your iphone or ipad and deal with sifting through a lot of email messages, you’ll likely appreciate a small feature that apple added in ios 10, which gives you the ability to quickly and easily filter your message listing. a button in the bottom-left corner of the mail app will toggle on a filtered view that provides quick filtering of messages in the current mailbox. by default, the filter will show you only…

facebook has announced its rumored video-centric app for the apple tv, alongside several other improvements to viewing videos within the facebook app for iphone and ipad. originally rumored earlier this month to be in development, the new facebook app is expected to “roll out soon” on the apple tv app store, alongside support for several other smart tv platforms and media devices such as amazon’s fire tv and samsung smart tv. the…


in the past year or two, the headphone market has seen a surge of new brands offering "budget" iems. when we first heard about the cult following that san diego based 1more had gathered, we hoped that the company was anything other than just "one more" budget iem maker. we were pleasantly surprised to learn that the company's name is actually a reference to their rigorous quality control testing which, according to 1more, ensures that their headphones can survive a cycle in a washing machine. though our testing procedures don't involve the laundry, our time with 1more's triple driver iem ($99) was more than enough to convince us that its popularity is well-deserved. {/exp:char_limit}


apple has been granted a patent for a new type of fingerprint reading technology that doesn’t require a dedicated scanning sensor. the patent was originally filed by luxvue before that company was bought by apple in 2014. the design uses a combination of micro-led light and infrared diodes to detect a pattern, making it possible to scan a fingerprint without the use of the capacitive metal ring in apple’s current touch id sensor. the improvement…


in our ilounge deal for today, you can get a three-year subscription to idelete cleaner pro for ios for only $19 — that’s 61% off the regular price. this tool will help you fine tune your iphone’s performance by cleaning up excess temporary data stored on your device to keep it running smoothly. idelete cleaner pro’s innovative search and collection algorithms will effectively detect and clean up useless junk data, caches, log…


photo: macrumors kgi analyst ming-chi kuo claims a new 4.7” oled iphone will feature a more expensive stacked logic board to accommodate a larger battery. kuo said the phone would be able to pack the battery life of a 5.5” iphone into a device roughly the same size as the current 4.7” model. with a number of seemingly conflicting reports emerging now with regards to how many iphone models apple will release this year, it’s…

happy presidents’ day from all of us here at ilounge! in observance of the u.s. holiday, alongside family day in canada, we’ll be on a limited publishing schedule today. we will be back to normal updates tomorrow, tuesday, feb. 21. thanks for reading!...


in our ilounge deal for monday you can pick up the nifty c powerpod battery pack for usb-c/a devices for only $49.99. this portable battery pack supports qualcomm fast charge 2.0 technology so you can power up your devices at top speed, and usb-a and usb-c compatibility means you can use it with a wide range of devices, including the brand new macbook pro. get the nifty c powerpod battery pack for usb-c/a devices now for only $49.99...

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despite claims from wireless charging startup energous’ ceo that seemed to hint at a partnership with apple, a research note from cowen and company claims energous is unlikely to provide the wireless charging technology rumored to be coming to the “iphone 8,” apple insider reports. back in january energous ceo steve rizzone claimed his company had partnered with “one of the largest consumer electronic companies in the world,”…

newly published details of apple’s appeal to the eu over last year’s $14 billion tax judgment reveal the company claims the european commission made “fundamental errors” in calculating the tax bill, the irish times reports. apple cited 14 separate objections to the ruling in the filing made on december 19, 2016, arguing that the commission misinterpreted irish law, ignored expert testimony, and wrongly attributed income from…


well-respected kgi analyst ming-chi kuo is predicting that apple will include a “revolutionary” front-facing camera in the rumored “iphone 8,” combining three different modules to achieve full 3d sensor capabilities. the claim comes on the heels of a report last week that apple was considering dropping touch id from all 2017 iphones in favor of a using new 3d facial recognition technology to unlock the devices. kuo said in…


apple has released a third batch of new betas to developers today — ios 10.3 for ipad, iphone and ipod touch, tvos 10.2 for apple tv, and watchos 3.2 for apple watch. ios 10.3 contains find my airpods support, tvos 10.2 boasts improved scrolling support, and watchos 10.2 brings the screen-disabling theater mode to the apple watch, among other improvements. a public beta for ios 10.3 should be available in the near future....


in our ilounge deal for today, you can pick up a lifetime license to pdfconverterocr 4 for only $19.99 — that’s 60% off the regular price. this useful tool will let you convert both native and scanned pdf files into a range of editable documents, even retaining their original layouts. output formats include microsoft word, powerpoint, excel, editable pdfs, and more, and original fonts, images, and formatting are retained when converting. advanced…


apple expanded the activity app in watchos 3 with a new feature that allows you to share the progress of your activity rings with up to 25 of your friends, family, co-workers, and other workout buddies. it’s relatively straightforward to set up — just go to the activity app on your iphone, select the sharing button at the bottom, and follow the instructions — once you’ve added friends and they’ve accepted your sharing requests,…


facebook is reportedly in talks with major league baseball to live stream one game each week during the 2017 season, reuters reports. the move raises the possibility that the broadcast could also land on the company’s new apple tv app, similar to the deal reached by twitter to stream thursday night nfl games on the device. while facebook’s promises about its upcoming apple tv video app make no mention of using it to stream live sports,…


today in ilounge deals, we’re offering the imemstick 3.0 mfi-certified lightning flash drive for only $74.99 — that’s 42% off the regular price. this portable storage device provides 64gb of extra capacity for your iphone, ipad, or ipod touch, plus outstanding transfer speeds of 100 mb/s — you can transfer a 4gb hd video from the imemstick between your pc or ios devices in just about a minute. the included cable also doubles as a…

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instagram has rolled out an update to its ios app today allowing users to include up to 10 photos or videos in a single post. when uploading photos, a new icon in the bottom right of the photo offers the option “select multiple,” after which users can choose to apply a filter to all the images/videos at once or edit each individually. the posts will all share the same caption and can only be square shaped for the time being. the first…


one of the interesting things we've seen with homekit is how many small but established ios accessory makers have chosen to branch out beyond their core business of speakers and cases and dip their feet into the home automation space that was once only the purview of the large home technology companies. the most recent example of this is puregear, a company well known for its wide range of iphone cases and screen protectors, which has now released its first electronic accessory in the form of the pureswitch wireless smart plug ($40), a homekit-enabled power outlet that can be used to control any appliance that plugs into a standard outlet. {/exp:char_limit}


the american academy of neurology has announced the recent conclusion of a researchkit study in which an apple watch app was used to track seizures in people with epilepsy. according to a preliminary study of the results scheduled to be presented at the academy’s annual meeting in april, the research found that the most frequent triggers for seizures were stress and missed sleep. the ten-month study involved 598 volunteers who agreed to use…


playdigious and dinosaur polo club have released an update to their highly-acclaimed mini metro, adding the long-awaited endless mode. covered in our app diary and selected as our 2016 game of the year, mini metro is an addictive puzzle-strategy game with a simple premise: players are tasked with creating an efficient rail system in a growing city, connecting rail stations on a variety of different maps to ensure the smooth flow of passengers within…

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apple has issued a statement in response to president donald trump’s recent decision to rescind protections for transgender students that would have allowed them to use the bathrooms corresponding to their gender identity. the new york times reported on wednesday that trump overruled his own education secretary’s recommendations, siding with his attorney general in a decision to reverse the obama administration’s interpretation of…


today in ilounge deals, you can pick up the ios 10 & swift 3 starter bundle for only $45 — that’s 93% off the regular price. including over 82 hours of material to get you coding for the newest apple technology, this bundle incorporates the complete ios 10 developer course, swift 3 fundamentals & essential training, ios 10, swift 3 hands on features and more. you’ll build real, useful ios 10 apps to get you familiar with developing…


a new report in reuters discussing the state of apple’s work on this year’s iphone reveals that apple may not have yet settled on a wireless charging solution for the upcoming “iphone 8,” despite the company’s recent entry into the wireless power consortium backing the qi standard. the reuters report cites a person with knowledge of the matter who indicates that there are presently five separate groups at apple currently…


mobiata has announced that it is shutting down its popular flighttrack 5 and flightboard apps, effective mar. 1, 2017. although the company admits that it hasn’t provided many updates to the two apps in recent months, flighttrack was one of the first and best flight tracking apps on the app store, and quickly became a mainstay for iphone travellers. mobiata was acquired by expedia in 2010, and although it continued to run largely as an independent…


photo: business wire harman has announced the first successful commercial implementation of apple carplay over a wireless connection, allowing vehicles using harman’s infotainment systems to use bluetooth and wi-fi to connect to an iphone for carplay rather than requiring a wired usb/lightning connection. harman’s press release notes that the solution is currently “being deployed in the market on harman infotainment systems for a…


henge docks’ horizontal docking station ($499) remains one of the coolest and most powerful docking stations we’ve seen for the macbook pro. while it doesn’t come cheap, you’re getting what you pay for here, providing your macbook pro with retina display with a solid and attractive “home base” on your desk and a ton of extra ports to go with it. if you regularly hook up your macbook to an external monitor in your home or office and have a lot of external accessories, it’s a much more elegant solution than juggling cables and smaller hubs — you just drop your macbook pro into the horizontal dock’s base and all of the necessary connections automatically extend from the sides into the appropriate ports on your macbook. when you’re ready to hit the road, a press of the button or click of a menu bar app will automatically eject all of your mounted external drives from within macos and then retract the connectors to disconnect from the dock. it’s so slick and effortless that it borders on magical.

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in a statement provided to techcrunch, apple has indicated that improvements made in ios 10.2.1 have addressed most of the problems with unexpected shutdowns that some iphone 6 and iphone 6s users were experiencing. apple notes that approximately 50 percent of ios devices are already using ios 10.2.1 and that apple has been receiving diagnostic data from users on that version revealing a reduction of over 80 percent on iphone 6s devices, and over…


in friday’s ilounge deal we’re offering a lifetime license for disk drill pro 3 for mac for only $34.99 — that’s 70% off the regular price. disk drill pro makes it easy to recover documents, music, photos, videos, or even whole partitions that have gone missing from your computer, and with only a single push of a button, disk drill can ferret out and recover over 200 types of files on your computer. you can even recover deleted…

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idevices has released a major update to idevices connected, the company’s app for controlling homekit-based devices, including its own switch, socket, and thermostat devices. version 3.0 of idevices connected adds support for homekit location triggers, as well as “characteristic” triggers that can initiate homekit scenes when another homekit device is controlled, such as activating an “arriving home” scene when unlocking…


for those who aren’t quite comfortable living entirely on the web, apple’s macos mail is actually a pretty capable e-mail app, providing a nice, clean user interface and all of the features that most users would need. however, like most apple apps, power users will probably find apple mail to be a bit light on more advanced features, which is where third-party developers come in with to fill the gaps with plugins to extend mail’s functionality while preserving it’s straightforward design. smallcubed’s mail act-on ($30) is at the top of our list of indispensable plugins that add significant power to the apple mail experience — allowing you to file messages into folders using only the keyboard, set up sophisticated “macros” using standard apple mail rules that can be triggered using keyboard shortcuts, and even creating rules that can be applied to outgoing messages. as if all of that wasn’t enough, mail act-on also bakes in the ability to create templates for quickly sending canned replies.

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apple released its fourth betas for both ios 10.3 and watchos 3.2 to registered developers today. ios 10.3 for ipad, iphone, and ipod touch contains the find my airpods feature, among other changes, while watchos 3.2 features the upcoming theater mode for apple watch. a new public beta for ios 10.3 should be released in the near future....


third-party screen replacements no long void an iphone warranty according to an internal memo recently issued by apple, macrumors reports. until now iphones with a non-original display weren’t eligible for any warranty repairs. neither apple’s standard one-year warrant nor applecare+ will cover issues with third-party displays or batteries, but now apple stores and apple authorized service providers have been instructed to offer replacements…

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in today’s ilounge deal, we’re offering a lifetime subscription to onevpn for only $49.99 — that’s 89% off the regular price. onevpn will provide you with an ad-free and completely secure internet experience, while maintaining high speeds and offering a variety of other services, including exit points in 21 different countries for accessing streaming content across geographical boundaries. get a lifetime subscription to onevpn…

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this year’s ‘iphone 8’ will include a curved oled screen and replace the lightning port with a usb-c connector, the wall street journal reports. people familiar with the process said apple has already ordered enough of the flexible displays to mass produce at least one iphone model. while the display will allow for a new curved edge on the device, the iphone itself won’t be bendable or foldable because of rigid internal components....


it's been a while since we've reviewed a soundcast speaker — melody in 2013 — but the company's vg1 ($150) has been creating some buzz. vg1 is an ip67-certified waterproof bluetooth speaker. soundcast claims the speaker lasts 15 hours on a full charge, which is very good battery life for a speaker of its size. the small vg1 has speakerphone capabilities, and works with siri. two vg1 units can be paired together for dedicated left and right channel playback, as well. vg1 comes with micro-usb and 3.5mm cables, a lanyard strap, and a carrying pouch for said cables.{/exp:char_limit}

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today in ilounge deals, you can get the urge basics m1 over-ear bluetooth headphones for only $34.99 — that’s 41% off the regular price. these comfortable, over-ear headphones provide crisp and dynamic audio with sound isolation to help you ignore outside distractions and focus on your music. you get both wired and wireless listening capabilities, along with a built-in microphone for placing and taking calls, and a rugged construction that…


thanks to siri, the fourth-generation apple tv has a couple of ways to easily bring up closed captioning while you’re watching a show, ranging from simply asking siri to “turn on closed captioning” or “subtitles” to the very useful “what did he say?” query, which will automatically skip back a few seconds and temporarily turn subtitles on. while these are handy enough for many, if you find that you don’t…

following yesterday’s release of ios 10.3 and watchos 3.2 developer betas, apple has released a fourth beta of tvos to developers today, continuing development on a new version that will bring features such as accelerated and improved scrolling within apps that present long lists of content, as well as mobile device management support for enterprise and education environments, and support for the new hardware-accelerated videotoolbox encoding…


photo: reed saxon/associated press over the next few months google will be rolling out youtube tv, a web-based streaming tv subscription service offering more than 40 broadcast and cable networks, the wall street journal reports. apple’s rumored efforts at putting together a similar package reportedly stalled over negotiations with networks about the cost of programming, but google has put together a package that includes network broadcasters…


today in ilounge deals, you can pick up the armor-x 2-in-1 tablet stand for only $29.99 — that’s 40% off the regular price. this stand will keep your ipad or other tablet device at the perfect viewing angle for following recipes, watching videos, or reading while you work out, and it collapses easily so you can take it with you anywhere, and is completely adjustable for any activity, so you can avoid fiddling with trying to get your ipad to…


iclever's new boostsound bts-09 is the first bluetooth speaker we've looked at from the consumer electronics company, which makes a variety of power products, headphones, and other bluetooth speakers, and represents an interesting departure from the company's prior bluetooth speakers, which all featured more typical small and portable speaker designs. rather than the typical rectangular "brick" design that seems so common to small speakers these days, iclever has gone with a more unique design style that's clearly aimed at use around the home, although it's still battery powered so you can easily move it around the house without having to worry about plugging it in. handsfree speakerphone capabilities are also included. {/exp:char_limit}

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after a rocky initial roll out in japan last year, apple pay has added support for eight new credit cards and rolled out a “new life” promotion offering extra point rewards or cash back options for using cards issued by participating providers. american express, aplus, epos card, jaccs, cedyna, pocket card, life card and ucs joined the existing ranks of apple pay providers in japan starting today, with each offering their own special rewards…


a new research note from kgi analyst ming-chi kuo obtained by macrumors sheds some new light on a report earlier this week that apple could be replacing lightning connectors with usb-c on this year’s iphone models. according to kuo, all three iphones that are expected to launch this year will continue to use lightning connectors, but will support usb-c power specifications to provide faster charging, likely similar to the specifications supported…


photo: al drago/the new york times apple has joined 52 other companies in signing a supreme court brief in support of a transgender boy’s fight over the right to use the school bathroom appropriate to his gender identity, the new york times reports. the brief is being filed by the human rights campaign, a nonprofit organization that advocates for lgbtq equality, and is asking the supreme court to side with transgender student gavin grimm in…

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today in ilounge deals, you can pick up a one-year subscription to textexpander for only $19.98 — that’s 60% off the regular price. this powerful and handy app lets you create custom shortcuts on your mac that will automatically populate with any series of text or images you want, saving you time and effort when typing frequently used snippets. you can use it for everything from html formatting, email signature blocks, or canned responses…


gear4’s new buckingham ($70) is a stylish new folio case for the ipad mini 4 that uses d3o’s patented technology to provide “military grade” shock absorption and impact protection without adding extra bulk to the case. the ipad mini fits snugly into the base of the case, which provides full side and top button coverage as well as a raised edge at the front. the folio cover and rear of the case is made from a sleek, matte black…


a u.s. federal appeals court has dismissed the jury verdict from a 2015 patent infringement case that had ordered apple to pay $532.9 million in damages, reuters reports. the suit, originally brought against apple in 2013 by texas-based smartflash llc, had alleged that the apple’s itunes software infringed on three of its data storage patents. the original claim sought $852 million in damages as an entitlement to a percentage of sales of all…


apple has updated its ios home webpage with a new design and improved layout, while also adding a new “watch the film” link at the top of the page leading to a short promotional video demonstrating “a day in the life” of a homekit user.  the video clip, which runs for about 45 seconds, shows a woman getting out of bed and beginning her day with a “good morning siri” command, and then using the ios 10 home app…


when homekit was first introduced in ios 8, apple chose to position the apple tv at the centre of the system, to act as a hub or gateway for controlling access to homekit devices remotely. without an apple tv, you could control your homekit accessories directly from an iphone, ipad, or apple watch that’s in wi-fi or bluetooth range, but when away from home, you’d have no ability to control or even monitor the status of your homekit devices…


apple has added the second-generation apple tv to its list of vintage and obsolete products, effectively ending all support for the device in most parts of the world. while the second-generation apple tv is well out of warranty coverage, apple still continues to provide parts and repair services for its products for a period of 5-7 years after the last date of manufacture. the “vintage” designation for the second-generation apple tv applies…

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apple is resurrecting the iphone 6 in a 32gb version in asia, according to a new report by 9to5mac. the 32gb gold iphone 6 is labelled as a “2017” model, which would technically be correct as apple never previously released a 32gb version of the iphone 6, meaning these are new devices being manufactured specifically for specific asian carriers as entry-level devices. according to the report, the new model is expected to launch on taiwan…


in our ilounge deal for today, you can get the zerolemon toughjuice 30,000mah 5-port power bank for only $59.99 — that’s 53% off the regular price. this ultra high capacity external battery is durable enough to take anywhere and carries enough power to fully charge up a t lyrical smartphone up to ten times, a tablet twice, or even fully recharge a macbook one. it includes three traditional usb-a ports, one quickcharge 2.0 port, and a usb type-c…


divoom's new timebox mini ($50) is the company's successor to 2015's aurabox bluetooth speaker, offering several improvements over the earlier version while still maintaining the same general design and novelty factors that take it far beyond being merely a speaker. improvements include an expansion of the display to 11x11 pixels with more colours as well as a new and redesigned app that allows for several new functions that take it beyond what the aurabox could do, while coming in at $20 less than the prior model. {/exp:char_limit}

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apple executives have been trying to woo several successful hollywood tv and film products in recent weeks, according to a new report by the new york post. a source indicated to the post that apple svp eddy cue spoke to executives from paramount pictures as well as sony’s tv and film units, suggesting that apple is working on “something big.” reports are that apple has been vague about its ultimate goal in the discussions, however…


hifiman is a well-known brand among audiophiles. based in china, hifiman has produced some of the best sounding planar magnetic over-ear headphones on the market, from their entry-level he-400i to their flagship he-1000. where hifiman’s fullsize planars have traditionally been open-back, power-hungry, and very much not portable, the edition s is different in almost every way. the edition-s ($249) is an on-ear, dynamic driver, portable headphone that is easily driven by portable devices and packs an unusual feature – magnetic covers instantly detach from the cups, converting the headphone from closed-back to open-back in moments.{/exp:char_limit}

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samsung and interflex are both ramping up production of flexible printed circuit boards to be use in apple’s ‘iphone 8’ later this year, the korea hearld reports. the fpcb components are used to connect the dedicated chips for components like the display and camera. previous reports claimed the new oled ‘iphone 8’ will be made with a flexible display, but that the phone itself won’t be bendable or foldable because…

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for monday’s ilounge deal, we’re offering the nomad ultra rugged battery lightning cable for only $39.95. this ultra lightning cable not only includes a super tough design, but packs its own 2,350 may battery — enough to fully charge an iphone 7. the rugged design resists abrasion and tearing better than any other cable, mfi-certification guarantees it will work with your ios devices, and the 20awg wiring and rf shielding ensures the…

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thank you for taking the time to read this review. to show our appreciation we're giving away a $10 itunes gift card. simply share this review page with your friends on facebook with the hashtag #iloungehifiman and you will be entered into the giveaway. good luck! hifiman is a well-known brand among audiophiles. based in china, hifiman has produced some of the best sounding planar magnetic over-ear headphones on the market, from their entry-level he-400i to their flagship he-1000. where hifiman’s fullsize planars have traditionally been open-back, power-hungry, and very much not portable, the edition s is different in almost every way. the edition-s ($249) is an on-ear, dynamic driver, portable headphone that is easily driven by portable devices and packs an unusual feature – magnetic covers instantly detach from the cups, converting the headphone from closed-back to open-back in moments.{/exp:char_limit}

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apple has posted details about its 2017 wwdc scholarship program, which provides an opportunity for talented students and stem organization members to attend the company’s annual worldwide developer’s conference free of charge. in addition to receiving a free ticket to the event — which would otherwise cost $1,599 — this year it appears that apple is offering wwdc scholarship recipients free lodging in the form of shared accommodations.…


the latest release from wikileaks claims that the cia’s mobile devices branch dedicated considerable resources to create malware intended to ” infest, control and exfiltrate data from iphones and other apple products running ios, such as ipads.” the agency allegedly obtained a number of “zero day” attack methods from fellow government agencies like the nsa and fbi, but purchased others from baitshop and similar cyber…


apple has launched apple pay in ireland, making it the 14th country to adopt the mobile payment service and the first new addition this year. as of today, users who bank with ulster bank and kbc can now add their credit or debit cards to apple pay. users of wirecard’s boon prepaid mastercard can also add those cards to apple pay. apple has long-standing business ties to ireland, headquartering its international operations in the country....


today in ilounge deals, we’re offering the ztylus revolver lens camera kit for iphone 7 for only $84.95 — that’s 15% off the regular price. this all-in-one lens kit provides a durable case with the latest rv-3 4-in-1 revolver lens attachment, providing four lenses that you can quickly switch between on the go. lenses include fisheye, wide angle, cpl, and macro magnifications, and smart-flip technology lets them flip out and automatically…


if you’ve got friends and colleagues who are also apple watch users, you can help motivate each other by sharing your activity rings with up to 25 of your friends. once you’ve invited a friend and they’ve accepted your invitation, you can see their activity data either by swiping to left from your rings in the watchos activity app, or by going to the sharing tab in the activity app on your iphone. by default, this list sorts you…


ruggedized portable bluetooth speakers seem to be all the rage these days, which makes sense when you consider how much more versatile they are — a rugged, waterproof speaker can still be used on your desk to dining room table, but also provides the advantage of being able to come with you on a wide variety of outdoor activities. the jam xterior max ($120) is the third rugged entry in jam audio's wide range of bluetooth speakers, promising ip67 dustproof and waterproof ratings, along with a shockproof design, and an integrated screw mount designed for attaching to a bicycle. jam audio promises up to 12 hours of play time on a single charge, and the jam xterior max can also double as a power-bank to recharge an iphone, ipad, ipod touch, or other usb-powered device. {/exp:char_limit}


a new set of rumors from macotakara claim the tenth-anniversary iphone rumored to be making its debut this year could be called the “iphone edition” and include a dual camera similar to the iphone 7 plus in a 5” device that’s the same size as an iphone 7. the site says that multiple prototypes are still under consideration by apple, including varieties with or without a home button and varieties with thin-film-transistor lcds…


in our ilounge deal for today, you can pick up the grain audio oehp on-ear headphones for only $69.99 — that’s 64% off the regular price. these sharp and stylish on-ear headphones provide pure, natural sound with a minimalist, sold wood design that makes them look both amazing on the outside and sound great on the inside. each enclosure includes a proprietary driver that features neodymium magnets and ccaw voice coils, with no fake bass boost…


when phil schiller announced that the iphone would be moving away from the headphone jack last year, he claimed that lightning was, from the start, designed to be a "great digital audio connector" that could provide clear audio, power, and digital music control where the headphone jack could not. though the first pair of headphones mentioned during that keynote used lightning, apple changed the focus very quickly to bluetooth. though we have been impressed by the lightning headphones we’ve reviewed since that announcement, the market seems not to have blown up like we had hoped. enter beem united, a new headphone company that surprised us with their excellent beme d200 ($170) lightning iems with active noise cancellation. {/exp:char_limit}

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apple has ordered 3d imaging technology from stmicroelectronics slated to be included in a “future iphone,” igeneration reports. sources familiar with the agreement said the 3d imagers are on track to begin production at a plant in crolles, france as part of a joint collaboration between apple and stmicroelectronics that began in 2015. carlo bozotti, ceo of stmicroelectronics, told investors that the company’s recent $1 billion investment…

apple statement on the wikileaks cia files: "many of the issues leaked today were already patched in the latest ios" pic.twitter.com/yuouettaxn— kif leswing (@kifleswing) march 8, 2017 in a statement posted by kif leswing on twitter, apple claims that it is working on assessing all of the ios vulnerabilities detailed in yesterday’s wikileaks release, but claims, “many of the issues leaked today were already patched in the…

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apple has released a fifth set of new betas to developers today — ios 10.3 for ipad, iphone and ipod touch, tvos 10.2 for apple tv, and watchos 3.2 for apple watch. ios 10.3 contains find my airpods support, tvos 10.2 boasts improved scrolling support, and watchos 10.2 brings the screen-disabling theater mode to the apple watch, among other improvements. the betas are also accompanied by a fourth beta of xcode 8.3. a public beta for ios 10.3 should…


while many ai researchers suggest that siri is lagging behind competitors such as google assistant and amazon alexa, one area in which apple’s voice assistant clearly has the lead over its competitors is in its extremely wide language support. a new report from reuters notes that siri can speak and understand 21 different languages, with localized dialect support for over 36 countries in total. by comparison, microsoft cortana supports only…


for thursday’s ilounge deal, you can get the 1voice wireless bluetooth earbuds for only $59.99 — that’s 53% off the regular price. these bluetooth earbuds are completely wire free, with cutting edge bluetooth 4.2 technology and a minimalist design so they’ll fit comfortably in your ears without falling out and look great. each earbud includes a speaker, bluetooth chip, battery, and microphone, and they can be used independently…

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paracable is a small company that makes only one type of product — lightning cables — but it focuses on doing that one thing extremely well. paracable’s cables are apple mfi-certified and available in five fun styles, each with an appropriately whimsical moniker to match, ranging from the flux-capacitor-inspired “1.21 giggawatts” (“roads? where we’re going, we don’t need roads.”) to the bright green “gecko”…


plex has announced that its new plex cloud feature, originally released as a limited beta last fall, is now available to all plex pass subscribers. the plex cloud service expands the capabilities of the company’s media streaming platform, allowing users to store their movies, tv shows, and other media content in the cloud rather than, or in addition to, running their own plex media server at home. although plex cloud integrated with amazon drive…


while the fourth-generation apple tv supports a variety of mfi game controllers, most games can also still technically be played using the siri remote as well. however, in a lot of games you’ll probably find the siri remote too small and awkward to use as a game controller — especially in those cases where you’re expected to turn it sideways and use the accelerometer. while you can of course just go out and buy a game controller like…


following reports last month on apple’s planned opposition to a new “right to repair” bill being tabled in nebraska, the iphone maker has apparently begun low-key lobbying efforts in the state, according to buzzfeed news. nebraska is one of eight states considering “right to repair” legislation that would require manufacturers to provide repair manuals and parts to independent repair shops. proponents of the bill claim…


in our ilounge deal for today, you can get a lifetime subscription to zoolz dual cloud with 2tb of storage for only $49.99 — that’s 99% off the regular price. in our ilounge deal for today, we’re offering a lifetime subscription to zoolz complete cloud storage for only $39 — that’s 98% off the regular price. providing 1tb of instant storage and 1tb of “cold storage” — for a total of 2tb of space — this provides…

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european custom homebuilder weberhaus has announced plans to begin featuring apple homekit in its smarthome projects beginning this year. the company has been building custom smarthomes for some time now featuring its own “weberlogic 2.0” platform that utilizes the myhomecontrol app from swiss company bootup, however with homekit, weberhaus is planning to increase the number of compatible devices that can be controlled, as well as adding…

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if you’re a road warrior looking to take your new macbook pro with you on all of life’s adventures, you’ll be happy to know that urban armor gear (uag) has just released its latest drop-tested mil-spec case for the new 15” touchbar macbook pro. the new plasma series case for macbook pro 15-inch with touchbar ($80) features a translucent “ice” design that allows you to show off your macbook pro while still providing three layers of comprehensive wear, tear, and drop protection.

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while we’ve personally never been big fans of iphone folio cases in general, we do acknowledge that some users who like to carry their iphone in a purse or shoulder bag may benefit from the tradeoff between full front screen protection and quick accessibility. if you fit into that category, gear4’s updated oxford bookcase ($50) is worth a look. unlike many of the folio cases we’ve seen that emphasize style over protection, gear4…

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apple could be preparing to release new ipad models as early as next week, according to a new report from macrumors. citing “reputable supply chain analysts,” the report suggests that apple is expected to release “new products” later this month, pointing to the week of mar. 20–24 as the most likely timeframe. while the research firm macrumors spoke with did not provide any details on which products it expects apple to announce,…


apple has released another new beta of ios 10.3 to registered developers, with a build number of 14e5273a. the rapid beta cycle and increasingly sparse release notes suggest that ios 10.3 is nearing public release. unlike most prior beta update cycles, this time around no corresponding watchos or tvos betas have been released as of yet. a corresponding public beta update is expected in the near future....


when apple removed the headphone jack from the iphone 7, we were hopeful. in the months since our new iphones arrived, we have tried to adapt. here at ilounge, we have reviewed the latest bluetooth headphones, gushed over the w1 chip, and praised innovative lightning headphones that have pushed the boundaries of mobile headphones. however, one problem remained: charging. iphone 7 users who wanted to listen to music and charge their phones at the same time were stuck with bluetooth which, at best, left them with one more battery to manage. pioneer’s feature-packed rayz plus ($150) is, to our knowledge, the first lightning headphone to solve that problem.{/exp:char_limit}

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apple has placed a renewed emphasis on updating its improved homekit page with updates on newly announced products, but may have let the cat out of the bag too early on the ecobee4 in the process. apple recently updated the page with a new design, marking unreleased products with either “announced” or “coming soon” tags and grouping homekit-compatible products into categories like security, fans, lights, etc. where the devices…


google’s area 120 program has just released a new ios app called uptime, allowing u.s. users to share youtube videos with one another and chat in real time while watching them. the app also provides the ability to add reactions or comments, allows users to curate lists of their favorite youtube clips and provides daily recommendations from friends and people you follow. the app is free on the app store, but you’ll need to use the invitation…

starkpool karaoke? lane of [email protected] and @maisie_williams from @gameofthrones are shooting a #carpoolkaraoke for @applemusic! pic.twitter.com/hmjjrqblnc— carpool karaoke (@carpoolkaraoke) march 12, 2017 “game of thrones” stars maisie williams and sophie turner will be among the celebrity duos singing behind the wheel in apple music’s new “carpool karaoke” show, the pair announced in a video on twitter. the…