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The Apple reviews are in, but tech season is just getting started

This week on The Vergecast, Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn get into their Apple reviews for the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, and the Apple Watch Series 5. It’s a review redux, and there’s plenty more to say about the new iPhones, their cameras, and whether the nickname “sweater mode” is going to stick for what Apple calls “Deep Fusion.” We hope it does; “sweater mode” sounds much cozier. Today’s the day when preorders for the new iPhones should start arriving on people’s doorsteps, and the lines at Apple Stores are…

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You should opt out of the Apple Card’s arbitration clause — here’s how

So you’ve heard about Apple’s new credit card, and you want to give it a try. Before you sign on the dotted line, there is at least one aspect of Apple’s agreement (besides any fees and percentage rates) that you’ll want to pay attention to: the arbitration clause. Arbitration clauses have become extremely popular in agreements between companies and consumers — and for good reason. When you agree to arbitration, you are basically putting most of the advantages in the company’s court. For example, most arbitration clauses deny you the opportunity…

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Social media must not rob us of the right to change our minds

 ‘It is tempting to place on Twitter much of the culpability for our polarised politics, and it would certainly be naive to view it as somehow neutral, like a parish noticeboard.’ Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images It could all have been so different. In some parallel dimension, social media is being used to shape our political discourse for the better: as an arena where views and beliefs are expressed generously and listened to eagerly, where we allow our prejudices to be challenged, where we welcome opposing opinions, where we learn from…

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Apple releases videos that show how the Apple Card works

To coincide with the start of the Apple Card’s preview program, Apple has released a series of videos detailing how you’ll use its upcoming credit card. The videos cover pretty much every aspect of the card’s functionality, from the application and card setup processes, to how to make payments either in-store or online, and the way its rewards work. There’s basically enough here to let you live vicariously through these videos if you haven’t actually been accepted into the preview program. Granted, if you’ve ever actually used either a traditional credit card or Apple Pay before then there’s…

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Apple confirms the Apple Card is coming in August

The Apple Card, the company’s credit card that was announced at its services event this past spring, will begin accepting applications in August, the company confirmed during its 2019 third fiscal quarter earnings call. “Thousands of Apple employees are using the Apple Card every day in a beta test and we will begin to roll out the Apple Card in August,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said. The Apple Card will come in both a digital and a physical, titanium card form. However, the Apple Card won’t use a traditional 16-digit card…

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Samsung Galaxy Buds are getting a new silver color to go with the Note10 family

If you’ve been around these past few weeks then you have definitely already seen the stunning new “Aura Glow” color of the upcoming Galaxy Note 10+. And what better way to compliment a shiny new phone than a shiny new pair of truly wireless headphones. The Galaxy Buds are already listed on a few of Samsung’s regional websites in the new “silver” finish. The color effect appears to be identical to that on the upcoming Note10 and renders probably don’t do it justice.     Samsung Galaxy Buds in silver Besides the color, though,…

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Planning to buy the Samsung Galaxy A80? Here are the offers

The Samsung Galaxy A80 was finally launched in India at a price of ₹47,990 last week. The smartphone was globally unveiled at an event in Bangkok, Thailand in April. The smartphone is known for its unique camera mechanism and for being the first Samsung smartphone to kill the notch and offer a full-display front. The smartphone is currently available for pre-orders and would be available on online (and offline) stores starting 1 August on Flipkart and Samsung Store. During the pre-bookings, Samsung is offering flat 5% cashback to customers purchasing the smartphone using…

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Samsung Galaxy Fold Spotted in the Wild Ahead of Any Relaunch Details: Report

Samsung Galaxy Fold, one of the most controversial tech developments of 2019, has not yet received its formal release date. But ahead of the debut, the Samsung foldable phone has reportedly been spotted in testing publicly. The public testing of the Galaxy Fold reportedly took place in India — precisely, in a Delhi Metro train. This was perhaps the first open appearance of the Galaxy Fold that was unveiled at MWC 2019 back in February but hasn’t yet debuted in the market due to its display fiasco. A man riding…

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Apple Loop: New iPhone Leaks, Curved iPhone Confirmed, MacBook Cancelled, Steve Jobs The Wizard

Taking a look back at another week of news and headlines from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes leaked iPhone specs, details of the new iPhone circuit board, Tim Cook’s smartphone features that will ‘blow us away’, the cancelled MacBook and the updated MacBook Pro, testing FaceID for iCloud access, fixing the secret Zoom server, and why Steve Jobs was a Wizard. Apple Loop is here to remind you of a few of the very many discussions that have happened around Apple over the last seven days (and you can…

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Samsung forecasts profit plunge after the U.S.-China trade war, beats expectations on one-off gains

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd forecast a steep plunge in its second-quarter operating profit as the U.S.-China trade war wreaks havoc in global chip and smartphone markets, although one-off gains helped it beat analyst expectations The South Korean tech giant is on track to post year-on-year profit declines for a third consecutive quarter as chip prices fell due to a supply glut and U.S. sanctions on Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei Technologies, a key Samsung client. Memory chipmakers like Samsung and South Korea’s SK Hynix are hurting as rising tariffs hit…

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