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Thursday, December 14, 2017

'Intentional' event redirects cloud traffic from Apple, Google & others through Russia

'Intentional' event redirects cloud traffic from Apple, Google & others through Russia

Internet traffic coming into and out of Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and other companies was briefly redirected through a Russian provider on Wednesday, in what appears to have been a deliberate move.

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Pro Video Formats macOS extension updated for new Final Cut Pro X support

Pro Video Formats macOS extension updated for new Final Cut Pro X support

Alongside the update to Final Cut Pro X, Apple has also made available a new version of the Pro Video Formats extension, with extension of MXF to not just QuickTime Player but other supported macOS applications, plus wider AVC-Intra support.

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18-core iMac Pro starts at $7,399, ships in 6-8 weeks, can be maxed out for $13,199

18-core iMac Pro starts at $7,399, ships in 6-8 weeks, can be maxed out for $13,199

The start of iMac Pro sales means customers now know exactly how much their custom configurations will cost, and when they are expected to ship. Buyers interested in the top-of-the-line desktop can expect to fork over more than $7,000 for an 18-core beast, though it won't ship until February.

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Apple begins selling $4999 27-inch iMac Pro with 8-core CPU, deliveries arrive Dec. 27

Apple begins selling $4999 27-inch iMac Pro with 8-core CPU, deliveries arrive Dec. 27

Apple on Thursday kicked off sales of the iMac Pro, its first all-in-one professional-grade desktop, packing 8 Intel Xeon processing cores and 32 gigabytes of RAM into the entry-level $4,999 model. The first orders via Apple's website arrive just after Christmas.

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Lowest Prices: 27" iMac 5K for $1,299, high-end MacBook Pros from $1,999; $270 off Air; $30-$80 off iPads; plus no tax in 48 states & 0% financing

Lowest Prices: 27

While supplies last, Adorama is offering shoppers the lowest prices anywhere on a variety of Macs and iPads. Pick up a 27" iMac 5K for $1,299, the lowest price we've seen to date. Current 15" MacBook Pros are also up to $300 off, while a premium 13" Touch Bar is $200 off and iPads are $30 to $80 off. All with free shipping, no tax outside NY and NJ, and 0% financing incentives.

Apple updates Final Cut Pro X to version 10.4, with 8K video editing, extended VR video support

Apple updates Final Cut Pro X to version 10.4, with 8K video editing, extended VR video support

Acting as an early herald of iMac Pro sales, Apple has updated Final Cut Pro, with new features including editing full-resolution 8K video, and extension of 360-degree VR video support to Motion and Compressor.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Apple details indoor maps coverage of 34 airports, multiple malls

Apple details indoor maps coverage of 34 airports, multiple malls

Apple started implementing indoor mapping data with iOS 11, offering users a new navigation aid for major airports and large malls. While rollout has been slow, the company on Wednesday compiled a list of the 43 indoor locations where users can take advantage of the feature.

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Redbox On Demand is rental service's second attempt at internet streaming

Redbox On Demand is rental service's second attempt at internet streaming

Redbox, known for its DVD and Blu-Ray rental kiosks, is making a second attempt at internet streaming with Redbox On Deman, a service that looks to take on industry incumbents Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

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Lisa Jackson details iPhone 8, iPhone X environmentally friendly design, more in interview

Lisa Jackson details iPhone 8, iPhone X environmentally friendly design, more in interview

Apple routinely touts environmentally-friendly aspects of new product releases, and that was no different with iPhone 8 and iPhone X. In a newly unearthed interview, Apple's VP for Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson details how the company designed its latest flagships to be the greenest ever offered.

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Apple ready to expand Advanced Manufacturing Fund beyond $1B, COO says

Apple ready to expand Advanced Manufacturing Fund beyond $1B, COO says

After Apple announced plans to infuse $390 million into U.S. firm Finisar as part of its $1 billion Advanced Manufacturing Fund, COO Jeff Williams commented on the company's investment strategy, saying the figure is "absolutely not" a final cap.

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Sen. Marco Rubio says Apple bending to Chinese authoritarianism to gain market access

Sen. Marco Rubio says Apple bending to Chinese authoritarianism to gain market access

Speaking at a Congressional hearing on Wednesday, Florida Senator Marco Rubio took Apple CEO Tim Cook to task for his policies on China, accusing him of hypocrisy when it comes to the company's stated values.

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Spotify, others complain to EU about Apple's 'unfair' App Store practices

Spotify, others complain to EU about Apple's 'unfair' App Store practices

Europe's streaming services are again on the hunt for better business arrangements, as Spotify, Deezer and others this week asked the European Commission to rein in U.S. tech firms that are "regularly abusing their advantaged position."

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Killer Deals: Apple's high-end 15" MacBook Pro for $1,999; $1,000 off loaded model; Samsung 34" USB-C Monitor $599; plus no tax outside NY & NJ

Killer Deals: Apple's high-end 15

While supplies last, save up to $1,000 on 15" MacBook Pros (Late 2016). Pick up a high-end 2.7GHz config with 512GB of storage and Radeon 555 graphics for $1,999. Or opt for the loaded 2.9GHz, 1TB, Radeon 460 model for $2,499, a deal we haven't seen since Cyber Monday. Plus, expedited shipping is free with no sales tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

New HomePod beta firmware released, unlikely to divulge much about future products

New HomePod beta firmware released, unlikely to divulge much about future products

Apple employees with a HomePod have a new firmware version available for testing — with older versions of the device's code having revealed much about the then forthcoming iPhone X.

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Apple releases first iOS 11.2.5, watchOS 4.2.2, tvOS 11.2.5 betas

Apple releases first iOS 11.2.5, watchOS 4.2.2, tvOS 11.2.5 betas

On the heels of Wednesday's release of iOS 11.2.1, Apple issued new beta versions of iOS, watchOS and tvOS, all of which are thought to include minor performance updates and bug fixes.

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Apple & Samsung could be only smartphone makers with 7nm chips in 2018

Apple & Samsung could be only smartphone makers with 7nm chips in 2018

Apple and Samsung could potentially become the only smartphone vendors and chip designers to adopt 7-nanometer processors for 2018 phones, owing to the costs involved, a report noted on Wednesday.

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Platformer 'Fez,' puzzler 'Life is Strange' arrive on App Store for iPhone, iPad

Platformer 'Fez,' puzzler 'Life is Strange' arrive on App Store for iPhone, iPad

Two games that made a name for themselves on consoles and PC have made their way to the iPhone and iPad, with 'Fez Pocket Edition' now available to download from the App Store, while 'Life is Strange' will arrive on iPhone and iPad from Dec. 14.

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ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save $70 to $300 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states & 0% financing

Killer Deals: Save $70 to $300 instantly on Apple's Mid 2017 MacBook Pros, plus no tax in 48 states & 0% financing

First come, first served! AppleInsider readers can take advantage of exclusive coupons and instant discounts this week to instantly save between $50 and $300 on every Mid 2017 MacBook Pro, including Apple's 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. Plus, sales tax will not be collected on orders shipped outside NY and NJ and systems qualify for 0% financing offer

ReviewReview: Sphero R2-D2 and BB-9E from 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' are great toys, better Swift learning aids

Review: Sphero R2-D2 and BB-9E from 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' are great toys, better Swift learning aids

Toys, and particularly tech toys, can have very short half lives. AppleInsider has been playing with three of Sphero's "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" app-controlled droids by a dad who was there in 1977, and by a pair of children who long to be a long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.

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Apple releases promised iOS 11.2.1 and tvOS 11.2.1 update, restoring shared HomeKit access

Apple releases promised iOS 11.2.1 and tvOS 11.2.1 update, restoring shared HomeKit access

Apple has released iOS 11.2.1 and tvOS 11.2.1, with bug fixes and minor changes including restoration of remote access to shared users of the Home app.

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T-Mobile's plan to roll out TV service in 2018 with Layer3 TV assets sets up streaming video battlefront

T-Mobile's plan to roll out TV service in 2018 with Layer3 TV assets sets up streaming video battlefront

T-Mobile has acquired television provider Layer3 TV, and will launch its own streaming TV service with the technology in 2018, possibly gearing up for a battle not only with the other wireless providers, but possibly with Apple and Amazon as well.

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Apple Music rival Tidal may only have enough cash to run six months

Apple Music rival Tidal may only have enough cash to run six months

Tidal, the on-demand music service owned by rapper and businessman Jay-Z, could have as little as six months' worth of cash on hand, according to reports.

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Holiday Deals: Save up to $1,000 on Apple's MacBook Pro, iMac, and iPad, plus up to $140 off GoPro 4K action cameras with no tax in 48 states [u]

Holiday Deals: Save up to $1,000 on Apple's MacBook Pro, iMac, and iPad, plus up to $140 off GoPro 4K action cameras with no tax in 48 states [u]

As time winds down to get last-minute gifts this holiday season, B&H Photo is upping the discounts on popular Apple products, including MacBook Pros, iMacs, iPads and accessories. We're rounding up the best deals complete with free shipping and no tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ. Updated: Cyber Monday deal is back. Pick up a loaded 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro for $2,499 ($1,000 off).

TipsHow to calibrate an Apple Watch for accurate pace & calorie measurements

How to calibrate an Apple Watch for accurate pace & calorie measurements

The Apple Watch is pretty adept as a fitness device, but every person has different dimensions, which can lead to varying pace, distance, and calorie results for the same activity if a Watch isn't calibrated properly. Here's how to make sure you're getting the best data.

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Apple grants Finisar $390M for research & production on laser tech used in iPhone X

Apple grants Finisar $390M for research & production on laser tech used in iPhone X

Apple on Wednesday announced plans to pay U.S. firm Finisar — which manufactures the VCSELs (vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers) used in the iPhone X's TrueDepth camera — $390 million out of its $1 billion Advanced Manufacturing Fund.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

TipsHow to force close apps on iPhone X

How to force close apps on iPhone X

With Apple's removal of the home button on iPhone X, the company had to translate a few user interface controls into onscreen gestures, including a new swipe and tap system for force closing troublesome apps.

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VideoHow to set up and use Apple Pay Cash on Apple Watch

How to set up and use Apple Pay Cash on Apple Watch

Apple Pay Cash launched with last week's release of iOS 11.2 for iPhone and iPad, and watchOS 4.2 for compatible Apple Watch devices. Check out this video to learn how to set up the feature on Apple Watch.

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weMessage promises to bring iMessage to Android, uses Mac as server

weMessage promises to bring iMessage to Android, uses Mac as server

A new Android app called weMessage brings unofficial support for Apple's iMessages to devices running Google's operating system, but users need a Mac to complete the ad hoc setup.

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Toshiba settles dispute with Western Digital, clears way for Bain deal

Toshiba settles dispute with Western Digital, clears way for Bain deal

In a joint announcement issued on Tuesday, Toshiba and Western Digital said they will settle a dispute over the Japanese firm's plans to sell its memory chip unit to a consortium led by Bain Capital, signaling an end to the long-running saga is near.

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Synaptics makes available in-display fingerprint sensor to a 'top five' manufacturer

Synaptics makes available in-display fingerprint sensor to a 'top five' manufacturer

Long-time Apple supplier Synaptics has revealed its new fingerprint scanning technology, with the company claiming that it functions through "infinity displays" like that found in the Galaxy S8 and iPhone X.

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Apple picks up two business affairs executives to bolster original video

Apple picks up two business affairs executives to bolster original video

As the company prepares its first big-budget scripted TV shows, the newest recruits for Apple Worldwide Video are reportedly Philip Matthys, formerly of Hulu, and Jennifer Wang Grazier of Legendary Entertainment.

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Apple updates AirPort firmware with KRACK vulnerability fix

Apple updates AirPort firmware with KRACK vulnerability fix

Amid rumors that Apple has ceased development of new Wi-Fi routers, the company on Tuesday pushed out an update for existing AirPort devices that patches a critical "KRACK Attack" vulnerability made public earlier this year.

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Last chance! Apple's 13" MacBook Pro (2.7GHz, 16GB, 256GB) for $1,249 ($450 off) with free year of Office 365 & no tax in 48 states

Last chance! Apple's 13

For a limited time, shoppers can save $450 on Apple's Early 2015 13-inch MacBook Pro with 16GB of memory and 256GB of storage, plus snag a free year of Office 365 Personal. This is the lowest price point available for a MacBook Pro with 16GB of RAM with even factoring in the free gift. Plus, enjoy free expedited delivery with no sales tax collected on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

iMac Pro debuts custom Apple T2 chip to handle secure boot, password encryption, more

iMac Pro debuts custom Apple T2 chip to handle secure boot, password encryption, more

Apple's iMac Pro desktop will also sport an a new custom chip dubbed the T2, serving as a secure enclave for encrypted keys, giving users the ability to lock down their Mac's boot process and also handling system functions like the camera, audio control, and managing the solid-state hard drive.

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Apple's Phil Schiller talks HomePod delay, AirPods engineering, Face ID in iPhone X, iMac Pro

Apple's Phil Schiller talks HomePod delay, AirPods engineering, Face ID in iPhone X, iMac Pro

Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller continues his media rounds talking about all things Apple, with the latest interview delving into the internal thought process when the company decided to move away from Touch ID in the iPhone X, thoughts on Apple's collaborative environment, and the iMac Pro's imminent release.

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Twelve South ships HiRise Pro stand for raising height of iMac & iMac Pro

Twelve South ships HiRise Pro stand for raising height of iMac & iMac Pro

Accessory producer Twelve South has unveiled a new stand designed for the iMac, iMac Pro, and compatible monitors, with the HiRise Pro capable of raising the viewing angle of the screen to help lower the risk of neck strain while working, as well as reducing the amount of desk clutter.

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Apple's iMac Pro comes with special black Lightning-to-USB cable

Apple's iMac Pro comes with special black Lightning-to-USB cable

One small perk of the upcoming iMac Pro is a black Lightning-to-USB cable, until now unavailable from Apple.

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Apple previews Final Cut Pro 10.4 update with 8K timeline alongside new iMac Pro

Apple previews Final Cut Pro 10.4 update with 8K timeline alongside new iMac Pro

In addition to giving testers a first look at the new iMac Pro desktop, Apple also supplied them with an upcoming release of Final Cut Pro X, which will add support for an 8K-resolution timeline and 8K ProRes files.

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iMac Pro testing shows 10-core model dramatically faster than any other Mac on intensive tasks

iMac Pro testing shows 10-core model dramatically faster than any other Mac on intensive tasks

Two more iMac Pro impressions have been posted, with benchmarks from both showing massive gains in processing power in the iMac Pro over older models — plus the inclusion of AVX-512 vector processing optimization in the W-series Xeon processor giving an added push to properly optimized apps.

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