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Thursday, March 05, 2015

Oracle bundles Ask.com adware with latest Java for Mac installer

Oracle bundles Ask.com adware with latest Java for Mac installer

It appears Oracle is bringing its adware wiles to OS X with the latest version of Java for Mac, as the installer comes bundled with the Ask.com toolbar, which is deceptively set to install itself by default.

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Secret Apple lab allows early Apple Watch access to developers from Facebook, BMW, others

Secret Apple lab allows early Apple Watch access to developers from Facebook, BMW, others

Apple reportedly granted developers from big-name companies monitored access to Apple Watch at its headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., in hopes of building out a solid initial app offering when the device launches in April.

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Apple Pay fraud stems from retailer data breaches, Apple Store purchases account for 80% of unauthorized buys

Apple Pay fraud stems from retailer data breaches, Apple Store purchases account for 80% of unauthorized buys

According to a report on Thursday, fraudsters are using credit card information gleaned from recent high-profile retail chain data to create Apple Pay accounts, while Apple Stores themselves account for 80 percent of unauthorized transactions.

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Apple Watch reportedly features unannounced diagnostics port under strap connector

Apple Watch reportedly features unannounced diagnostics port under strap connector

A report on Thursday claims the upcoming Apple Watch boasts a mysterious data connection port, previously undisclosed by Apple, that is currently being used for diagnostics and testing.

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Mobile execs predict Apple Watch to dominate smartwatch market for foreseeable future

Mobile execs predict Apple Watch to dominate smartwatch market for foreseeable future

A number of mobile executives who attended this week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona are already projecting that the Apple Watch will dominate the smartwatch market when it launches in April, much as the iPad currently controls the tablet industry.

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Apple to reportedly bolster iAd user targeting with phone numbers and emails

Apple to reportedly bolster iAd user targeting with phone numbers and emails

According to a report on Thursday, Apple's iAd division is looking to reinvigorate sales, and will soon allow third-party agencies to provide demographic targeting information to advertisers, including matching of phone numbers, emails and other data.

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iPhone orders remain strong, Apple likely to top 54M units in March quarter, Barclays says

iPhone orders remain strong, Apple likely to top 54M units in March quarter, Barclays says

Sources in Apple's supply chain are particularly bullish about iPhone sales to start 2015, leading investment firm Barclays Capital to say that its forecast of 54 million units for the current quarter is a "conservative" estimate.

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Gmail gets share sheet functions, Foursquare saves favorite places, Imgur overhauls design

Gmail gets share sheet functions, Foursquare saves favorite places, Imgur overhauls design

Several important updates have been released at the iOS App Store, bringing share sheet functions to Gmail, a Saved Places tab to Foursquare, and a complete redesign of Imgur's official iPhone app.

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Apple sends end-of-life reminder to Aperture users, encourages migration to new Photos app

Apple sends end-of-life reminder to Aperture users, encourages migration to new Photos app

Apple on Thursday notified customers who have previously purchased its Aperture photography software that the application will soon be removed from the Mac App Store, and invited those users to try the new Photos app as part of the OS X 10.10.3 public beta.

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Disney's 'Show Your Disney Side' app for iPhone transforms you into your favorite character

Disney's 'Show Your Disney Side' app for iPhone transforms you into your favorite character

Disney's new theme park-connected "Show Your Disney Side" app for iPhone lets users shoot a selfie and merge it with a famous character from one of the company's movies or attractions, such as Frozen, Star Tours, Pirates of the Caribbean, or the Haunted Mansion.

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Apple rumored to further enhance personalization of Apple Watch with custom engravings

Apple rumored to further enhance personalization of Apple Watch with custom engravings

People wanting to buy an Apple Watch may be able to ask for a custom engraving, much as the company has allowed with products like the iPad and iPod before it, although the option may not be available in time for the product's launch.

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FeatureFirst look: Microsoft's all-new Office 2016 for Mac public preview

First look: Microsoft's all-new Office 2016 for Mac public preview

Half a decade after Microsoft's last major update to Office for Mac, the venerable productivity suite returns anew with a Retina redesign, a modern codebase, and a host of new features — and it's available today as a public preview. AppleInsider was given early access to the new apps and brings you a close-up view of Redmond's latest.

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Rumor: Apple could launch iOS 8.2 next week, will expand capabilities of Health app

Rumor: Apple could launch iOS 8.2 next week, will expand capabilities of Health app

The release of iOS 8.2 remains imminent, and could debut as soon as Apple's "Spring Forward" event next Monday, bringing a number of improvements to the iPhone's health app, along with the usual stability improvements and bug fixes.

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ExclusiveKiller iMac 5K Deal: Free AppleCare, Free Canon PIXMA AIO printer and $50-$150 off

For a limited time, AppleInsider has re-teamed with one of Apple's authorized resellers to offer an instant $50-$150 discounts on all configurations of Apple's new iMac with Retina 5K display, each of which now also comes with a free 3-Year AppleCare Protection Plan, a free Canon PIXMA all-in-one printer, free expedited shipping (and no sales tax collected in 48 states).

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Thursday, March 05, 2015

Rumor: 12.9" iPad is latest Apple device claimed to feature next-gen IGZO display

Rumor: 12.9

Apple's upcoming 12.9-inch iPad — commonly referred to as the "iPad Pro" — will make use of an oxide LCD, most popularly known as Sharp's IGZO display technology, a new report from the company's supply chain claims.

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Auto tech maker Continental wants to partner on rumored Apple Car

Auto tech maker Continental wants to partner on rumored Apple Car

If Apple is in fact building an electric vehicle, German automotive company Continental hopes it will have a chance to partner on the final product, the company's CEO publicly said.

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BMW says talks with Apple are not connected to producing a new car

BMW says talks with Apple are not connected to producing a new car

Recent negotiations between Apple and BMW weren't connected to developing a car, a BMW spokesman has said, citing discussions between the two parties as part of "regular talks."

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Apple researching device waterproofing via vapor deposition, silicone seals

Apple researching device waterproofing via vapor deposition, silicone seals

A U.S. patent application published on Thursday reveals Apple is actively researching ways to make its products resistant to moisture, a feature sometimes attributed to "active" smartphone models marketed by competing smartphone manufacturers.

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Rumored 12-inch MacBook Air with Retina display to launch in Q2, report says

Rumored 12-inch MacBook Air with Retina display to launch in Q2, report says

While rumors surrounding Apple's purported 12-inch MacBook Air have died down amid Apple Watch hype, a new report on Wednesday claims partner manufacturers have already started mass production of the device in preparation of a second quarter launch.

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Apple's 'iPad Pro' might include USB expansion ports, new fast charging tech

Apple's 'iPad Pro' might include USB expansion ports, new fast charging tech

Following reports that claimed Apple was forced to push back its production timeline for a larger 12.9-inch iPad, new rumors suggest the company is looking to incorporate USB 3.0 connectivity and possibly ports for keyboards and a mouse.

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ExclusiveInside Greater China: An exclusive look at Apple Inc in Taiwan

Inside Greater China: An exclusive look at Apple Inc in Taiwan

Apple has singled out Greater China—including mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan—as a primary growth center. AppleInsider took a trip to learn more, starting with a week exploring Taiwan.

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Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Judges skeptical Apple suffered irreparable harm from Samsung patent infringement

Judges skeptical Apple suffered irreparable harm from Samsung patent infringement

Apple's litigious crusade against Samsung trundled along in U.S. appellate court on Wednesday, but judges were skeptical of an argument claiming continued patent infringement by Samsung is causing Apple irreparable harm.

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Apple reportedly pushes production of 'iPad Pro' to September due to low display yields

Apple reportedly pushes production of 'iPad Pro' to September due to low display yields

A report on Wednesday claims Apple has pushed back plans to start mass production of a 12.9-inch iPad model due to poor display yields, and will move forward with a revised ramp up cycle set to start in September.

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Apple in talks to become launch partner for cable-free HBO Now service

Apple in talks to become launch partner for cable-free HBO Now service

Apple is in negotiations to make the Apple TV a launch destination for HBO's standalone streaming service reportedly called "HBO Now," which could launch in time for the fifth season of Game of Thrones premiering April 12, according to a new report.

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Judge approves $415M settlement in 'no-poach' class-action case involving Apple, Google, others

Judge approves $415M settlement in 'no-poach' class-action case involving Apple, Google, others

Apple, Google and other parties accused of being involved in an illegal "no-poach" employee policy may be on the verge of settling the class-action complaint, after the judge overseeing the lawsuit has given initial approval for their proposed $415 million settlement.

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Yerba Buena Center getting 'Spring Forward' makeover for Monday's Apple Watch event

Yerba Buena Center getting 'Spring Forward' makeover for Monday's Apple Watch event

As is its wont, Apple will greet attendees at its first event of 2015 with a customized graphic wrapping around the Yerba Buena Center, a process which began in earnest on Wednesday.

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Apple reverses iTunes Store changes to become more indie-label friendly

Apple reverses iTunes Store changes to become more indie-label friendly

Apple has reversed course on some recent changes at the iTunes Store in order to make the shop more palatable to independent record labels, which voiced concerns that new algorithms would promote mainstream musicians at the expense of lesser-known acts.

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Questionable screenshots claim to show updated 13" MacBook Air with 1.6GHz Intel Broadwell CPU

Questionable screenshots claim to show updated 13

Screenshots that surfaced Wednesday on a Chinese web forum purport to show details of a forthcoming MacBook Air refresh that would bring Intel's latest Broadwell chips to Apple's ultraportable, though there is some question as to the shots' validity.

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Nvidia to take on Apple TV with Shield set-top box featuring Android TV

Nvidia to take on Apple TV with Shield set-top box featuring Android TV

The latest major company to step into the crowded set-top box market, where the Apple TV competes, is Nvidia, whose upcoming Shield media player will be powered by Google's Android TV platform.

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