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Prior to the release of HomePod earlier this month, many potential readers and Apple customers were eager to hear just how good the $349 speaker would sound. On launch day, we stopped in at several of Apple’s retail locations to see HomePod in person, bringing you photos of the store displays. Demoing a speaker in a noisy environment is no easy task, and while HomePod’s performance is admirable, the difference between your home and a busy store is still markedly obvious. Augmenting HomePod’s in-store display experience could help compensate for the shortcomings of a less-than-ideal testing environment. Here’s how it could be done.

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Nokia’s ownership of Withings has been incredibly messy. After buying Withings in mid-2016, Nokia sued Apple over unrelated patents which resulted in Withings digital health products being pulled from the Apple Store.

While that dispute has since been resolved, Nokia now says it is reviewing its digital health business altogether. The result could be positive or negative for Withings customers depending on where ownership lands.

As a Withings customer myself, my hope is that Apple buys the digital health product business from Nokia — if only to do the bare minimum to maintain hardware that works with Apple HealthKit.

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Huge crack in glass of flagship Chicago Apple Store, present for several weeks

A huge crack in the glass at Apple’s flagship retail store in Chicago has been present now for several weeks, and appears to be growing …

Idiots are tweeting the Telugu character to crash iPhone Twitter apps

It was last week discovered that receiving a single Telugu (Indian language) character would cause iPhone, Mac and Apple Watch apps to crash – and it of course wasn’t long before idiots started doing it deliberately …

Your old iPod is a time capsule of your former musical tastes …

If you have any of your old iPods in the depths of a desk drawer somewhere, they could act as an interesting time capsule of your musical tastes in your earlier life …

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