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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Apple's iOS 10.3.3 update protects against 'Broadpwn' Wi-Fi exploit

Apple's iOS 10.3.3 update protects against 'Broadpwn' Wi-Fi exploit

The iOS 10.3.3 update Apple released on Wednesday reportedly closes a critical Wi-fi vulnerability, known as Broadpwn, that was patched for Android devices earlier this month.

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Carrier billing for Apple services spreads to Denmark, Hong Kong, Sweden

Carrier billing for Apple services spreads to Denmark, Hong Kong, Sweden

Apple has added three more countries to the list of markets where carrier billing is enabled, with users in Denmark, Hong Kong, and Sweden now able to pay for Apple Music, iTunes, and other Apple services through their phone bill for a number of carriers instead of using a credit or debit card.

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Apple ranked as most profitable US company by far on newest Fortune 500 ranking

Apple ranked as most profitable US company by far on newest Fortune 500 ranking

Apple once again has claimed the top spot in global profits, according to Fortune's annual ranking of U.S. companies shaping the world.

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Alleged chassis for Apple's 'iPhone 8' revives claims of rear-mounted Touch ID

Alleged chassis for Apple's 'iPhone 8' revives claims of rear-mounted Touch ID

A leaked metal chassis, purportedly for this fall's "iPhone 8," may suggest that Apple is indeed planning to put a Touch ID sensor on the rear of the device — though the part conflicts with other recent rumors.

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Amazon 'Spark' feature in iPhone app tempts users to buy items through Instagram-style feed

Amazon 'Spark' feature in iPhone app tempts users to buy items through Instagram-style feed

Amazon has launched a new social feature for Prime members using its iPhone app called Spark, encouraging customers to share photographs of their orders with other users and to tag items they are interested in acquiring, with the feature potentially helping the retailer sell more of the shared products.

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Future AirPods might feature automated audio passthrough feature

Future AirPods might feature automated audio passthrough feature

An Apple patent application published on Thursday describes an advanced in-ear headphone device that uses sensors and valves to seal out ambient noise in certain situations, while letting in and augmenting external sound in others.

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Apple sends top executives to lobby Australian government over proposed encryption laws

Apple sends top executives to lobby Australian government over proposed encryption laws

Apple has sent top privacy executives to Australia twice over the past month to discuss proposed cybersecurity laws that could compel technology companies to provide law enforcement agencies access to encrypted customer messages.

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ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save $70 to $200 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states

Killer Deals: Save $70 to $200 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states

First come, first served: AppleInsider readers can use exclusive coupons this week to instantly save between $70 and $200 on every new Mid 2017 MacBook Pro, including Apple's 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. In addition to the promo code and instant cash savings, sales tax will not be collected on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

Intel reportedly disbands wearables division as it focuses on AR

Intel reportedly disbands wearables division as it focuses on AR

Intel has reportedly laid off the few employees working in its health wearables division, which includes fitness trackers and the Basis smartwatch, as the company refocuses on augmented reality.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Steve Jobs opera set to premier this week after two years of preparation

Steve Jobs opera set to premier this week after two years of preparation

Almost two years after the Santa Fe Opera commissioned "The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs," the narrative, music and rehearsals are complete and the production is set to open this Saturday as part of a limited six-show run.

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Hulu lands nearly 3,000 new TV episodes in deal with 20th Century Fox

Hulu lands nearly 3,000 new TV episodes in deal with 20th Century Fox

Hulu has inked a deal with 20th Century Fox that will add nearly 3,000 episodes of the studio's popular shows to the streaming service, the company said on Wednesday.

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VideoWatch: Apple's new Files app for iOS 11

Watch: Apple's new Files app for iOS 11

Wondering how Apple's new Files app for iOS 11 works on iPad? AppleInsider takes an in-depth look at the upcoming file management system in this video.

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Qualcomm sues Apple in Germany as quarterly profits suffer steep decline

Qualcomm sues Apple in Germany as quarterly profits suffer steep decline

Qualcomm on Wednesday escalated its patent infringement fight against Apple with the filing of two separate German cases in Mannheim and Munich, where it seeks to block the import and sale of all iPhones.

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Media mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg pitched Apple on new TV service

Media mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg pitched Apple on new TV service

DreamWorks founder Jeffrey Katzenberg is shopping around an innovative mobile-first TV service, dubbed "New TV," to a number of technology and telecommunications firms including Apple, Google, AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Snapchat and Spotify.

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Apple & Balmain partner on special-edition Powerbeats3 & Beats Studio Wireless headphones

Apple & Balmain partner on special-edition Powerbeats3 & Beats Studio Wireless headphones

Apple has joined with French fashion house Balmain on special editions of its Beats Studio Wireless and Powerbeats3 headphones, echoing marketing tactics adopted with some other Apple wearables, like the Apple Watch.

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US House panel votes to adopt loose rules on testing of self-driving cars

US House panel votes to adopt loose rules on testing of self-driving cars

A panel of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee has tentatively voted to move forward with a proposal that, if turned into law, would establish a relatively loose federal framework for testing self-driving cars, including Apple's "Project Titan."

B&H's Back to School Sale: $299 9.7" iPads, plus MacBook Pros starting at $1,199 with free expedited shipping & no tax in 48 states

B&H's Back to School Sale: $299 9.7

Back to school shopping is in full swing and Apple authorized reseller B&H Photo is dropping prices on MacBook Pros with and without a Touch Bar, as well as discounting 2017 iPads to $299. Shoppers can save hundreds on closeout laptops or take advantage of discounts on Mid 2017 configurations — all with no tax collected on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

'iPhone 8' will still ship in Sept., JP Morgan says, but Apple's supply will be tightly constrained

'iPhone 8' will still ship in Sept., JP Morgan says, but Apple's supply will be tightly constrained

Straying from the pack a bit, one analyst believes that the "iPhone 8" will ship before the end of September, but in profoundly limited quantities, but the largest measure of Apple's profits from the device will accrue throughout the calendar year.

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Apple squashes bugs with releases of iOS 10.3.3, macOS Sierra 10.12.6, tvOS 10.2.2, watchOS 3.2.3 [u]

Apple squashes bugs with releases of iOS 10.3.3, macOS Sierra 10.12.6, tvOS 10.2.2, watchOS 3.2.3 [u]

Apple on Wednesday issued minor updates for all four of its major platforms, addressing bugs and patching potential security holes in iOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS. [Updated with iTunes 12.6.2 release]

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Samsung brings Siri-competing Bixby assistant to US three months after Galaxy S8 launch

Samsung brings Siri-competing Bixby assistant to US three months after Galaxy S8 launch

Samsung on Wednesday announced that Bixby, its equivalent of Apple's Siri, is now available on U.S. versions of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ — roughly three months after the phones first launched.

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FeatureRoundup: The best cases and covers for Apple's 10.5" iPad Pro

Roundup: The best cases and covers for Apple's 10.5

If you are one of the early adopters of the 10.5-inch iPad Pro and want to keep Apple's flagship tablet as good as new for as long as possible, AppleInsider has rounded up a collection of cases and covers you can get right now for your new portable workplace.

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Apple adds Wave, 9 other TV providers to single sign-on on iPhone, iPad & Apple TV

Apple adds Wave, 9 other TV providers to single sign-on on iPhone, iPad & Apple TV

Apple has introduced another 10 U.S. TV providers to the roster supporting single sign-on, a feature which makes it easier to watch movies and TV shows across iPhones, iPads, and Apple TVs.

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Strong summer for Apple seen muting financial effect of late 'iPhone 8' launch

Strong summer for Apple seen muting financial effect of late 'iPhone 8' launch

Another analyst is agreeing with the assessment that any potential "iPhone 8" delay won't make much a difference to Apple's bottom line beyond one quarter, if at all.

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In likely bid to compete with Samsung for Apple's 'A12' CPU, TSMC expands 7nm chip suppliers

In likely bid to compete with Samsung for Apple's 'A12' CPU, TSMC expands 7nm chip suppliers

On the heels of a rumor that Samsung has inked a deal with Apple to supply A-series processors in 2018, rival chipmaker TSMC is stepping up its own efforts to build 7-nanometer chips, in a potential showdown for production of an Apple-designed "A12" processor.

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Apple puts Nokia health accessories back on sale following end of legal battles

Apple puts Nokia health accessories back on sale following end of legal battles

Apple on Wednesday resumed U.S. online sales of Nokia's iPhone- and iPad- connected health accessories, almost two months after the companies reached a settlement that cleared the way.

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Apple allows publicity, transparency for in-house researchers with new Machine Learning Journal

Apple allows publicity, transparency for in-house researchers with new Machine Learning Journal

Apple has launched a new machine learning sub-site written by Apple engineers discussing techniques in use for better results and to assist burgeoning developers in the field.

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Four Apple manufacturers launch antitrust complaint against Qualcomm, with Apple's backing

Four Apple manufacturers launch antitrust complaint against Qualcomm, with Apple's backing

Four of Apple's manufacturing partners — Hon Hai/Foxconn, Compal, Wistron, and Pegatron — have filed counterclaims against Qualcomm, accusing the chipmaker of violating two sections of the Sherman Antitrust Act.

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Conflicting iPhone SE rumors about impending refresh, doom of line both probably wrong

Conflicting iPhone SE rumors about impending refresh, doom of line both probably wrong

A pair of rumors in the last few days have totally conflicting reports on the future of the iPhone SE, and in all likelihood, neither of them are correct. AppleInsider explains why.

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ExclusiveBlowout Prices: 15" Radeon 460 MacBook Pro for $2,199 ($400 off) with no tax in 48 states, plus up to $1,200 off upgraded systems

Blowout Prices: 15

Readers this week can save hundreds on Late 2016 15-inch MacBook Pros equipped with Radeon 460 graphics thanks to instant rebates and our exclusive coupon code. Pick up the standard model for $2,199 with no tax outside NY and NJ — or opt for the top of the line 2TB configuration and save $1,200.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Nintendo Switch Online app for iOS now available on App Store

Nintendo Switch Online app for iOS now available on App Store

Nintendo on Tuesday launched a hotly anticipated companion iOS app for the Switch console, offering owners access to online game services, social media integration, in-game voice chat and more.

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Apple appoints Isabel Ge Mahe as managing director of Greater China

Apple appoints Isabel Ge Mahe as managing director of Greater China

Apple on Tuesday named vice president of wireless technologies Isabel Ge Mahe as managing director of Greater China, where she will report to CEO Tim Cook and COO Jeff Williams.

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Spotify hit with two new lawsuits alleging copyright infringement

Spotify hit with two new lawsuits alleging copyright infringement

In spite of efforts to rectify past indiscretions against artists and music publishers, Spotify is once again embroiled in legal trouble for allegedly streaming music without proper licensing.

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Apple rolls out new developer tools to aid in subscription retention

Apple rolls out new developer tools to aid in subscription retention

Apple on Tuesday announced the launch of server notifications and enhanced receipts for subscriptions, including auto-renewable subscriptions, tools that provide actionable information for retaining paying users.

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New EDM documentary 'Kygo: Stole the Show' coming to Apple Music on July 26

New EDM documentary 'Kygo: Stole the Show' coming to Apple Music on July 26

Apple's latest documentary, "Kygo: Stole the Show," will premiere as an Apple Music exclusive on July 26, according to an official trailer.

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Apple updates Logic Pro X with more Drummer options, Alchemy enhancements

Apple updates Logic Pro X with more Drummer options, Alchemy enhancements

Apple on Tuesday updated Logic Pro X, its digital audio workstation, with a group of new features as well as various bugfixes.

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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.8.0 update for iPhone brings 3D Touch to brush selection tool

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.8.0 update for iPhone brings 3D Touch to brush selection tool

Adobe has updated its Lightroom app for iPhone and iPad, with changes to the brush selection tool, in-app camera fixes, and support for the latest digital cameras and lenses.

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Back in stock! Apple AirPods ready to ship for delivery in 2-5 business days, grab them while you can

Back in stock! Apple AirPods ready to ship for delivery in 2-5 business days, grab them while you can

Back in stock! Shoppers can order Apple AirPods from AT&T Wireless for delivery in two to five business days depending on the shipping method selected, beating Apple's reported 6-week wait.

Mesh networking addition to Bluetooth LE revealed, could help boost Apple HomeKit coverage

Mesh networking addition to Bluetooth LE revealed, could help boost Apple HomeKit coverage

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has updated the specification for the wireless communications technology, with the introduction of mesh networking allowing Bluetooth LE devices to more easily communicate with each other, potentially helping home automation platforms such as Apple's HomeKit as well as larger scale networks.

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UBS sees $900 'iPhone 8' growing Apple's sales by 15%

UBS sees $900 'iPhone 8' growing Apple's sales by 15%

Apple's flagship OLED "iPhone 8" could help push shares of the company as high as $170, investment firm UBS believes, issuing a note to investors on Tuesday saying that 2018 earnings per share will likely exceed market consensus expectations.

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