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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Weakening US Dollar poised to boost Apple's sales performance overseas

Weakening US Dollar poised to boost Apple's sales performance overseas

It no longer appears likely that Apple's overseas earnings can be repatriated back to the United States at more favorable tax rates this year, as plans for tax reform—including deep cuts to health care spending aimed at enabling a huge tax cut—have been delayed. On the other hand, unsettling political news is also having an adverse affect on the US dollar, creating an unanticipated side effect: a more favorable currency exchange environment for Apple's foreign earnings.

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Apple prepares to test 5G cellular for future iPhones & other devices

Apple prepares to test 5G cellular for future iPhones & other devices

Apple has filed an application with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to start testing 5G connectivity, laying the groundwork for its first capable hardware.

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Apple HR head Denise Young Smith takes up new role as VP for 'Inclusion and Diversity'

Apple HR head Denise Young Smith takes up new role as VP for 'Inclusion and Diversity'

Apple's human resources leader — Denise Young Smith — has taken up a new role within the company as its VP for Inclusion and Diversity, according to her LinkedIn profile.

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Pinterest adds Lens dish recognition for recipe hunters on iPhone

Pinterest adds Lens dish recognition for recipe hunters on iPhone

Thanks to app updates and the company's Lens technology, Pinterest users on an iPhone can now find recipes by taking photos of dishes served at home and at restaurants.

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Apple's iPhone SE, iPhone 7 Plus take top spots in customer satisfaction index

Apple's iPhone SE, iPhone 7 Plus take top spots in customer satisfaction index

Apple's iPhone SE and iPhone 7 Plus top a new survey of customer satisfaction amongst U.S. customers surveyed over the span of a year.

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Microsoft unveils new Surface Pro ahead of Apple Mac & iPad Pro refreshes

Microsoft unveils new Surface Pro ahead of Apple Mac & iPad Pro refreshes

At a Tuesday press event in Shanghai, Microsoft revealed the long-awaited fifth-generation Surface Pro, hoping to steal some thunder away from Apple ahead of Mac and iPad Pro refreshes that could come as soon as next month.

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Duet Display for iPad gains better Apple Pencil support, improved picture quality

Duet Display for iPad gains better Apple Pencil support, improved picture quality

The developers of the Duet Display app that allows the use of an iPad as an second screen for a Mac have released an update to the Pro in-app subscription, allowing for better color quality, better pressure curve customization, and more.

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Nokia predicted to play an important role in Apple's datacenters after patent dispute settlement

Nokia predicted to play an important role in Apple's datacenters after patent dispute settlement

In the terms of their new patent dispute resolution, Nokia revealed it will be providing network infrastructure products to Apple — a partnership that one Wall Street analysts could see Nokia significantly grow its IP router business by supplying Apple's datacenters.

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New renders of Apple's 10.5" iPad Pro demonstrate thin bezels, microphone placement

New renders of Apple's 10.5

New renders of Apple's rumored 10.5-inch iPad Pro have emerged, and are said to be "100% confirmed" and based off of the blanks reportedly provided to case manufacturers in advance of announcement.

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Ikea Tradfri smart bulb system will get Apple HomeKit upgrade in the summer

Ikea Tradfri smart bulb system will get Apple HomeKit upgrade in the summer

In late summer or early autumn Ikea will roll out a firmware update to its Tradfri network gateway, to make its line of smart bulbs compatible with Apple's HomeKit.

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India promises Apple tax-free iPhone parts imports in exchange for expanded manufacturing

India promises Apple tax-free iPhone parts imports in exchange for expanded manufacturing

India is reportedly willing to waive taxes on imported iPhone parts in exchange for the company helping to expand Wistron's manufacturing operations in Bengaluru, where the iPhone SE is currently being made.

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ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save $150 to $310 instantly on Apple's new Touch Bar MacBook Pros with Apple Care, plus no tax in 48 states

Killer Deals: Save $150 to $310 instantly on Apple's new Touch Bar MacBook Pros with Apple Care, plus no tax in 48 states

First come, first served: AppleInsider readers can use exclusive coupons this week to instantly save between $85 and $310 on every possible configuration of Apple's Late 2016 MacBook Pros bundled with AppleCare, including all 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models and all 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models. Plus sales tax isn't collected in 48 states.

Samsung order report points to wider adoption of OLED screens in 2018 'iPhone 9' refresh

Samsung order report points to wider adoption of OLED screens in 2018 'iPhone 9' refresh

Supply chain rumors from South Korea allege that Samsung has signed another deal for OLED screen production for future iPhones, with up to 180 million screens demanded by Apple.

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Deals: 13" MacBook Pro for $1,299 ($200 off); high-end 15" MacBook Pro for $2,599 ($200 off); $100 off Apple Watch 2

Deals: 13

Several Apple authorized resellers are kicking off the week with $200 instant discounts on MacBook Pros, starting with the base 13-inch model in Space Gray and including the high-end 15-inch with Radeon 455 graphics (now $2,599). Apple Watch Series 2 devices are also $100 off with no tax outside NY and NJ.

Apple and Nokia settle patent dispute, agree to multi-year license

Apple and Nokia settle patent dispute, agree to multi-year license

Apple and Nokia on Tuesday said they have reached settlement in a five-month legal dispute over patent licensing practices, with the Cupertino tech giant agreeing to a multi-year license on the former top cellphone maker's intellectual property.

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Apple received national security letter in 2016, US government sought data from 20K devices

Apple received national security letter in 2016, US government sought data from 20K devices

In its latest report on government requests for user information, Apple on Monday said the U.S. government lodged at least one national security letter last year seeking information related to a customer account.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

New Apple ads & redone 'Switch' site sell Android users on iPhone perks

New Apple ads & redone 'Switch' site sell Android users on iPhone perks

Apple on Monday introduced an overhauled "Switch" minisite, hoping to persuade more Android users to buy an iPhone, while simultaneously releasing a related series of video ads.

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YouTube TV app update adds AirPlay capability, still no tvOS app

YouTube TV app update adds AirPlay capability, still no tvOS app

Google's subscription tv service YouTube TV's latest update for iPhone adds AirPlay, allowing for streaming to an Apple TV or other compatible device — but there is still no native tvOS app.

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Apple Music exclusive 'Can't Stop, Won't Stop: A Bad Boy Story' trailer arrives

Apple Music exclusive 'Can't Stop, Won't Stop: A Bad Boy Story' trailer arrives

The first trailer for the Apple Music-Exclusive documentary on Bad Boy Records — "Can't Stop, Won't Stop" has been released.

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ReviewReview: DJI's Mavic Pro is the best iPhone-connected drone you can buy

Review: DJI's Mavic Pro is the best iPhone-connected drone you can buy

With a highly optimized, portable design, solid construction, deep iOS integration and a bevy of automated features, DJI's Mavic Pro is perhaps the best product available on the consumer drone market.

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US Supreme Court ruling may shrink tide of frivolous patent lawsuits against Apple [u]

US Supreme Court ruling may shrink tide of frivolous patent lawsuits against Apple [u]

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday issued a critical decision that could reduce the number of patent lawsuits tech companies like Apple face on a yearly basis. [Updated with correction on case limits]

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Emerson Sensi thermostat line expanding with two HomeKit compatible models

Emerson Sensi thermostat line expanding with two HomeKit compatible models

Environmental control company Emerson has added to its Sensi thermostat line with a new pair of HomeKit-compatible devices.

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Nike debuts four new Apple Watch bands to coincide with shoe launch

Nike debuts four new Apple Watch bands to coincide with shoe launch

Nike on Monday introduced four new Nike Sport Band colors for the Apple Watch, designed to match the company's Air VaporMax Flyknit "Day to Night" running shoe collection.

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Cases for Apple's 2017 iPad Pros hint at tall 10.5-inch model, new mic positions

Cases for Apple's 2017 iPad Pros hint at tall 10.5-inch model, new mic positions

Photos from a pair of sources purportedly show cases for Apple's 2017 iPad Pro models, including an updated 12.9-inch tablet and a new 10.5-inch design.

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UBS increases Apple price target to $170, sees 'iPhone 8' commanding premium pricing

UBS increases Apple price target to $170, sees 'iPhone 8' commanding premium pricing

In anticipation of a pricey flagship iPhone later this year, investment firm UBS increased its price target for AAPL stock on Monday, advising investors to buy in before the launch of the highly anticipated "iPhone 8."

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The Netherlands gain more mass transit details in Apple Maps

The Netherlands gain more mass transit details in Apple Maps

Apple has expanded its mass transit information to the Netherlands, with the full set of data involving stations, tracks, and other stations coming online on early Saturday morning — but live train and bus data is not yet available.

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Lawsuit accuses Apple & Visa of stealing ideas behind Apple Pay as Apple teases new tech

Lawsuit accuses Apple & Visa of stealing ideas behind Apple Pay as Apple teases new tech

A lawsuit launched this week accuses Apple and Visa of patent infringement via Apple Pay, in fact suggesting that one or both of the companies stole core ideas behind the platform.

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Knightsbridge Singapore Apple store cover removed, showing first glimpses of interior

Knightsbridge Singapore Apple store cover removed, showing first glimpses of interior

The cladding surrounding the new Apple store at Singapore's Knightsbridge shopping center has been removed, and the interior of the location has been seen for the first time.

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Presentation slide again suggests 'iPhone 8' Touch ID sensor on rear of device

Presentation slide again suggests 'iPhone 8' Touch ID sensor on rear of device

A photograph of a PowerPoint presentation suggests that the "iPhone 8" Touch ID sensor module cutout is on the back of the screen — shedding some doubt on recent mockups and illustrations putting it underneath the display glass.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Apple Music starts charging for three-month trials in some countries

Apple Music starts charging for three-month trials in some countries

For reasons unknown, Apple has begun charging a small fee in Australia, Spain, and Switzerland for what would ordinarily be a free three-month trial of Apple Music.

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Working Apple-1 sold at auction by original owner for $101K in Germany

Working Apple-1 sold at auction by original owner for $101K in Germany

One of the last surviving Apple-1 computers in full working order has sold in Germany for a bid price of $101,325 — far lower than expected for the collectible.

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Apple nixes video glitch repair program for 2011 MacBook Pros

Apple nixes video glitch repair program for 2011 MacBook Pros

Apple is no longer supporting 2011 MacBook Pros as a part of its Repair Extension Program for Video Issues, according to updated support documents.

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Deals: $100-$150 off 13" Touch Bar MacBook Pros; $100-$250 off 12" MacBooks; 9.7" 4G LTE iPad Pro for $599 ($130 off) + no tax in 48 states

Deals: $100-$150 off 13

Readers shopping for a new Touch Bar MacBook Pro can save up to $150 this week on popular models with prices starting at $1,699. Meanwhile, Apple's 32GB 9.7" iPad Pro (Wi-Fi + Cellular) is $130 off, and 12" MacBooks are up to $250 off with no tax collected outside NY and NJ.

EditorialiOS 11, Android O: What Apple can learn from Google's IO17

iOS 11, Android O: What Apple can learn from Google's IO17

"Great artists steal" in the sense of recognizing good existing ideas and building upon them. Now that Google has laid out its hand at IO17, detailing its plans for Android O and the search giant's various apps and services, what great ideas can Apple borrow for its own products? Here's a look.

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Alleged Apple molds show expected 'iPhone 8' design next to '7s' and '7s Plus'

Alleged Apple molds show expected 'iPhone 8' design next to '7s' and '7s Plus'

A trio of molds from China claim to show the shape and design of Apple's 2017 iPhone lineup, suggesting that the so-called "iPhone 8" may be slightly taller than the 4.7-inch "iPhone 7s," but could be considerably smaller than the "iPhone 7s Plus."

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ReviewBeddit 3 may offer a sneak peek at sleep tracking on the Apple Watch 'Series 3'

Beddit 3 may offer a sneak peek at sleep tracking on the Apple Watch 'Series 3'

Beddit's HealthKit-ready sleep-tracking technology — recently acquired by Apple — works well enough and may be useful for problem sleepers, but is probably a luxury for most people, and more a harbinger of what we can expect with the third-generation Apple Watch.

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This week on AI: 'Apple Watch 3' features, new MacBooks at WWDC & more

This week on AI: 'Apple Watch 3' features, new MacBooks at WWDC & more

In a change of pace, some of the week's biggest news revolved around new MacBooks and a third-generation Apple Watch, rather than the "iPhone 8." There was more of that of course, along with further signs Apple is pushing deep into original movies and TV shows.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Execs from Apple, other tech firms to talk immigration and government modernization at White House meeting

Execs from Apple, other tech firms to talk immigration and government modernization at White House meeting

Immigration policies, government services modernization and integration with cutting edge Silicon Valley initiatives like machine learning are on the docket for next month's meeting of President Donald Trump's American Technology Council, according to a report.

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Latest Apple Park footage shows nighttime views of main 'spaceship'

Latest Apple Park footage shows nighttime views of main 'spaceship'

Drone pilot Duncan Sinfield is back with his monthly Apple Park construction update, this time showing off aerial views of the main "spaceship" building lit up at night.

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