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Nintendo admits it might not be able to meet demand for the Switch this holiday

Nintendo: Switch stock

Nintendo broke with convention by releasing its latest console in the middle of spring rather than in the fall, but the Switch will still almost certainly be one of the hottest gifts this holiday season. Unfortunately, Nintendo isn't making any guarantees that you'll be able to get your hands on one.

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Jacob Siegal

September 8th

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Friday 5: Awesome subscription-free writing apps for iOS [Video]

When the news broke that Ulysses was moving from a one-time payment strategy to a subscription-only strategy, the reaction was unsurprisingly polarized. Many people empathized with how hard it is for developers to make a living with the modern realities of software development, while others were less forgiving and vowed to vote with their wallets.

Being that it’s my number one favorite writing app on iOS and Mac, I’ve personally decided to stick with Ulysses, taking advantage of its discounted subscription rate for existing customers. That said, I understand that subscriptions are not for everyone, and there will be a point in most of our lives where piling on subscription after subscription proves to be unsustainable from a financial perspective.

In this week’s Friday 5, I discuss five more of my favorite writing apps for iOS. To qualify for this list, each app must feature a one-time purchase and no additional subscription fees. These apps also support Family Sharing, and as of this writing, feature no additional in-app purchases. Have a look at our video walkthrough inside for a brief hands-on look. more…

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Jeff Benjamin

September 8th

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Amazon’s own sound bar is the cheapest way to get great sound out of any TV

Best Sound Bar Under $100

Unless you want to cough up thousands of dollars for an ultra high-end TV, the sound from the built-in speakers on your television is going to be terrible. There’s just no way around it. You need external speakers if you want good sound, and sound bars are the simplest solution. They can get pretty pricey too, of course, but we’ve got a terrific option for you to consider. The AmazonBasics 2.0 Channel Bluetooth Sound Bar is ridiculously inexpensive at just $69.99, yet it delivers great sound that will be exponentially better than the speakers in your TV. It’s not a $700 Sonos sound bar https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074WC1K9S, but it sounds way better than you would expect from a $70 speaker.

Here are a few important notes from the product page:

  • 31-inch 2.0 channel sound bar with remote control (not compatible with universal or TV remotes)
  • Designed to deliver best audio quality when used with televisions less than 42 inches
  • Bluetooth technology offers seamless streaming from Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone, tablet, or computer
  • Dual full-range stereo speakers for powerful audio; up to 90 dB of expansive audio and crystal-clear sound
  • 3 sound modes: Standard for TV programs, News for more intelligible dialog, and Movie for optimized soundtracks
  • Note: Please refer the User Manual from the Technical Specification before use.

AmazonBasics 2.0 Channel Bluetooth Sound Bar: $69.99

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Maren Estrada

September 8th

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Apple donates $5M to Hand in Hand Hurricane Irma/Harvey relief, sets up iTunes donations

Apple today announced a substantial $5M donation to Hand in Hand, a relief fund that is providing Hurricane relief in the wake of two huge hurricanes hitting the US South. Apple CEO Tim Cook said, “We applaud Hand in Hand for bringing together people from all over the country to help one another at a time when so many desperately need it. In addition to Apple’s direct contribution to the relief and recovery efforts, we’re making it easy for anyone in the US to make their own donations to Hand in Hand through the App Store and iTunes.”

You can make a donation now to Hand in Hand via the website or to the Red Cross on iTunes or here.

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9to5 Staff

September 8th

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Dubious report claims iPhone 8 release may be pushed back to late October

iPhone 8 Release

Echoing previous reports regarding the iPhone 8's delayed release, Rosenblatt analyst Jun Zhang maintains (via StreetInsider) that Apple's highly anticipated next-gen iPhone may not see the light of day until late October. While previous reports indicated that the iPhone 8 would launch after Apple's iPhone 7s models, it was never entirely clear how long of a delay the iPhone 8 would be subject to. If Zhang's projection proves accurate, the iPhone 8 will launch about 4-5 weeks after the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, which will presumably hit store shelves on Friday, September 22.

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Yoni Heisler

September 8th

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The Galaxy Note 8 is already selling like crazy, and it’s not even out yet

Galaxy Note 8 preorders

Samsung has revealed that pre-orders of the Galaxy Note 8 have surpassed any other Note preorder in history, with more Note 8 devices purchased than any other Note in the same time period. It's the final reassurance Samsung needed that the Note 7 debacle didn't destroy the company's reputation, or its ability to sell a crazy number of phones.

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Chris Mills

September 8th

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FBI launches yet another investigation into Uber

Uber vs. Lyft

Uber's new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi inherited an Uber that’s riddled with problems that need fixing, and most of them have complex legal aspects. One of them concerns an older Uber practice that involved spying on the competition to lure away drivers, and it looks like Uber’s Hell program got itself its own FBI investigation.

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Chris Smith

September 8th

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FBI launches yet another investigation into Uber

Uber vs. Lyft

Uber's new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi inherited an Uber that’s riddled with problems that need fixing, and most of them have complex legal aspects. One of them concerns an older Uber practice that involved spying on the competition to lure away drivers, and it looks like Uber’s Hell program got itself its own FBI investigation.

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Chris Smith

September 8th

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Did Unlimited plans actually cripple Verizon’s network?

Verizon unlimited plan vs T-Mobile

Early this year, Verizon launched a fantastic Unlimited data plan. Months later, it abruptly turned one plan into two, and tacked on a bunch of restrictions like mandatory video throttling. Analysts, competitors, and this lowly blogger were quick to point the finger at Verizon's average download speed, which appeared to have taken a big hit since the introduction of unlimited data.

But according to Verizon's execs, the network has "performed incredibly well" under Unlimited. Third-party data from OpenSignal and Ookla "doesn't line up at all with what I'm seeing," Verizon VP of wireless networks Mike Haberman, told me.

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Chris Mills

September 8th

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What iPhone 8 constraints or a delay could mean for Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program

Since Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program was launched in 2015, last year was the first go around for users of the program to experience the yearly upgrade process. Let’s take a look at some of the fine details of the program in light of possible iPhone 8 supply constraints and/or a possible delay.

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Michael Potuck

September 8th

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