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Review: Topping NX5 Portable Headphone Amplifier

Topping is a company that we don't see too often in the U.S., but it has a strong following in the nerdier corners of the headphone enthusiast community. Topping offers a line of compact and portable DACs and headphone amps, each with clean styling and no-nonsense features. Today we're taking a look at the Topping NX5, an ultra-compact portable headphone amplifier. There are lots of little boxes out there that make headphones louder — we found that this one is much more.


Apple changes policy to force developers to go through App Review to edit URLs, ‘What’s New’ text

According to a policy update from Apple, developers will soon no longer be able to change support URLs and the text in the “What’s New” section on the App Store without going through the company’s App Review process again, 9to5Mac reports. Changes to that metadata will now require developers to submit an entirely new app update where up until now the app support URL, marketing URL and update notes were able to be edited at any time. The changes go into effect starting next month.

Apple thought to have two-year lead in 3D smartphone sensors

Most android devices won’t have 3D sensors comparable to this in the iPhone X until 2019, giving Apple a two-year lead in the burgeoning field expected to be worth billions over the next few years, Reuters reports. Three major parts producers said Samsung and others are too far behind Apple to get the tech into customers’ hands this year, leaving Apple out ahead on facial recognition, gesture sensing and immersive experiences for gaming and online shopping. Parts manufacturers Viavi Solutions Inc, Finisar Corp and Ams AG said Android producers are struggling to get access to the vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers that are central to Apple’s Face ID components.


Daily Deal: PDFConverterOCR 5, Lifetime License

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering a Lifetime License to PDFConverterOCR 5 for only $19.99 — that’s 71% 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 character accuracy in over 200 languages, and support for encrypted PDFs make this an even more versatile tool.

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Leaker’s latest photo shows ‘Blush Gold’ iPhone X he claims is in production

Well-known Apple product leaker Benjamin Geskin has posted photos of a “Blush Gold” iPhone X that he claims is in production now. The tweet includes a professional-looking shot of the back of the iPhone X in a copper-gold color and another grainier shot of a SIM tray in a different gold color. But Geskin has already been wrong about the number of colors the iPhone X would feature at launch and others have jumped the gun on speculation about the gold option being released, so we’ll have to see if the prediction materializes this time. The iPhone X currently only comes in silver and space gray.

Democrats interested in Apple’s download records on Trump administration officials

A memo released last week by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee could put Congress on a legal collision course with Apple if Democrats take back the House of Representatives, The Intercept reports. On page 20 of the document protesting the Republican decision to end the HIC’s Russian collusion inquiry, the Democrats proposed the committee go after Apple’s “records reflecting downloaded encrypted messaging apps for certain key individuals” of interest in the investigation. Encrypted communications app WhatsApp is another target of the proposed inquiry, but the Democrats won’t have subpoena power over any of the companies in question if they can’t manage to flip the House in November.


Report: Apple developing its own MicroLED screens in secret California manufacturing facility

For the first time, Apple is developing its own MicroLED screens for testing purposes, Bloomberg reports. Sources claim Apple has made a “significant investment” in the program designing and producing the new displays at a secret California manufacturing facility near the company’s headquarters. MicroLED screens can be built slimmer than OLED displays while still delivering a brighter display that consumes less power thanks to different light-emitting compounds, but that makes them much more difficult to produce. Apple almost pulled the plug on the project a year ago and is still a few years away from putting its own screens in Apple products, but the move further emphasizes the company’s current trend toward trying to bring the design of more of its components in-house. In the meantime, Digitimes is expecting Apple’s screen suppliers to field up to 270 million orders in 2018, which will far exceed Apple’s best annual iPhone sales of all time.

Daily Deal: Atech USB-C Magnetic Breakaway Charging Cable

For Monday’s iLounge Deal, you can pick up the Atech USB-C Magnetic Breakaway Charging Cable for only $24.99 — that’s 37% off the regular price. One casualty of Apple’s switch to USB-C on the newest MacBooks was the elimination of the venerable MagSafe connector — something that was a lifesaver for users with children, pets, or just personal clumsiness that could pull a MacBook off a desk. Fortunately, this magnetic breakaway cable offers a solution. Compatible with the new MacBooks and other USB-C devices, it features an end that stays in the USB-C port on your laptop that the cable magnetically attaches to, so if you trip over the cable, only the cable comes off without taking your entire MacBook down with it.

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Apple seeds sixth beta of iOS 11.3 to registered developers

Only a few days after Apple released a fifth beta of iOS 11.3, today the company has pushed out beta 6 to registered developers, featuring a build number of 15E5216a. This sixth beta release is not yet accompanied by a corresponding tvOS 11.3 beta. The release notes for the latest beta contain no significant changes, suggesting that Apple is primarily polishing iOS 11.3 for a final release, which is expected to be available by the end of this month.

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