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Friday, February 24, 2017

Apple board member Al Gore sells $29.5M of company stock

Apple board member Al Gore sells $29.5M of company stock

A U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Friday reveals Apple board member Al Gore this week sold 215,437 shares of AAPL stock worth about $29.5 million.

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Apple Inc. valuation now more than $134 billion greater than Alphabet's Google

Apple Inc. valuation now more than $134 billion greater than Alphabet's Google

Shares of Apple are collectively worth $713.96 billion as of today's market close, while the market cap of Alphabet Inc (which includes Google) closed today at $579.15 billion, a difference of $134.81 billion. However, Google's search results still point to year-old stories touting Google briefly surpassing Apple in market cap twice last spring.

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Third-party iPhone screen repairs no longer void warranty, Apple says

Third-party iPhone screen repairs no longer void warranty, Apple says

In an apparent policy shift, Apple recently notified store technicians that third-party iPhone screen repairs no longer void the handset's standard warranty as long as the unauthorized fix does not damage the casing or other related components.

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Jeep & Porsche reveal new vehicles equipped for Apple's CarPlay

Jeep & Porsche reveal new vehicles equipped for Apple's CarPlay

Two major automakers, Jeep and Porsche, this week announced early details on new vehicles supporting Apple's CarPlay — the latter company offering the platform on an unusually large 12.3-inch touchscreen.

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TipsHow to cancel an App Store subscription using your iPad or iPhone

How to cancel an App Store subscription using your iPad or iPhone

If you've subscribed to a service such as Netflix or Spotify through the App Store, and are now looking to terminate your subscription, it takes just a few simple steps to cancel. AppleInsider shows you how.

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ExclusiveKiller Deals: 13" MacBook Pro for $1,329; 15" MacBook Pro (Apple refurb) for $1,399; 2TB G-Drive Pro $239

Killer Deals: 13

This week, AI readers can save $170 on a 13" MacBook Pro with function keys in Space Gray at B&H with no tax collected outside NY and NJ. Apple refurbished 15" MacBook Pros are also $1,399 with no tax outside NY, and a 2TB G-Drive Pro with Thunderbolt is $160 off. BeatsX headphones are now in stock with no tax outside NY and NJ as well.

Amazon considering office suite to pilfer enterprise customers from Microsoft, Google

Amazon considering office suite to pilfer enterprise customers from Microsoft, Google

To combat Microsoft and Google, Amazon appears to be in the early stages of developing its own office suite, utilizing the power and ubiquity of its AWS platform to support it.

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Hands-OnUpdated Reverb app tries to bring Alexa to the iPhone and Mac

Updated Reverb app tries to bring Alexa to the iPhone and Mac

While examining Reverb, AppleInsider determines Alexa in name only is no Alexa at all. The new app aims to bring Amazon's personal assistant to the Mac, but in our tests it fell short.

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Uber, Yelp, OKCupid among major iOS apps potentially affected by massive 'Cloudbleed' leak

Uber, Yelp, OKCupid among major iOS apps potentially affected by massive 'Cloudbleed' leak

Content delivery network Cloudflare has suffered a serious, months-long breach of user data, including content from thousands of websites and iOS apps Uber, Fitbit, Yelp, and OKCupid, according to reports.

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Apple's Tim Cook marks Steve Jobs's 62nd birthday on Twitter

Apple's Tim Cook marks Steve Jobs's 62nd birthday on Twitter

Apple CEO Tim Cook took to Twitter on Friday to mark what would've been the 62nd birthday of his predecessor, company co-founder Steve Jobs.

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Apple iPhone supplier TSMC on track to ship 10nm chips in this quarter, 'expand rapidly'

Apple iPhone supplier TSMC on track to ship 10nm chips in this quarter, 'expand rapidly'

Apple's main mobile processor manufacturer, TSMC, is reportedly set to begin commercial shipments of 10-nanometer chips in the next month — likely supporting claims that the "A11" processors in upcoming iPhones will use the technology.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast talks 'iPhone 8' rumors, a rumored iPad event, and which W1 headphones to get

AppleInsider podcast talks 'iPhone 8' rumors, a rumored iPad event, and which W1 headphones to get

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about the 'iPhone 8', the iPad event coming up, AirPods vs Powerbeats3, and more.

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ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save $150 to $415 instantly on Apple's new Touch Bar MacBook Pros with Apple Care, plus no tax in 48 states

Killer Deals: Save $150 to $415 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 $150 and $415 on every possible configuration of Apple's new 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.

Apple says 'looking into' video of apparent iPhone 7 Plus meltdown

Apple says 'looking into' video of apparent iPhone 7 Plus meltdown

Apple is investigating the circumstances behind a widely circulated video showing a partially melted, smoking iPhone 7 Plus, the result of what appears to be a major device malfunction, reports said late Thursday.

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Rumor: 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models might not arrive until May

Rumor: 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models might not arrive until May

A questionable report out of East Asia on Friday claims Apple is taking longer than expected to bring two large format iPads to market — a 12.9-inch iPad Pro revamp and a new 10.5-inch version — with both models now said to launch in May at the earliest.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Server firmware security incident in 2016 forced Apple to sever ties with vendor Super Micro [u]

Server firmware security incident in 2016 forced Apple to sever ties with vendor Super Micro [u]

While there appears to be no breach of Apple's security, the company terminated its relationship with hardware vendor SuperMicro because of concerns about firmware update security, and an update that potentially compromised a Siri server bank, plus the App Store's search server development environment. [Updated]

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Apple's iOS 10.2.1 addresses unexpected iPhone 6, 6s shutdowns

Apple's iOS 10.2.1 addresses unexpected iPhone 6, 6s shutdowns

Apple on Thursday revealed an iOS point update that was released a month ago includes a bug fix for an issue causing iPhone 6, 6s, 6 Plus and 6s Plus device owners to experience unexpected shutdowns.

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Alphabet's Waymo self-driving car firm sues Otto and Uber for stealing key technology

Alphabet's Waymo self-driving car firm sues Otto and Uber for stealing key technology

Alphabet's Waymo on Thursday sued Uber and its subsidiary Otto, accusing the companies of stealing key self-driving car patents covering a proprietary light detection and ranging, or LiDAR, system.

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Apple's iTunes Remote updated with two-factor authentication

Apple's iTunes Remote updated with two-factor authentication

Apple on Thursday updated its iTunes Remote app for iPhones and iPads with support for two-factor authentication, reflecting the company's growing use of the security concept.

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Cellebrite director says firm now doing 'lawful' extraction of data through iPhone 6

Cellebrite director says firm now doing 'lawful' extraction of data through iPhone 6

Cellebrite — the firm thought to be responsible for helping the FBI extract data from the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook — is doing "lawful unlocking and evidence extraction" from Apple devices through the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, according to the company's Forensics Research director.

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Documents unearthed from early Apple history show shift in company focus from hobbyists to businesses

Documents unearthed from early Apple history show shift in company focus from hobbyists to businesses

A series of documents discovered at a thrift store in Seattle examines Apple's mindset in the late '70s and early '80s as it shifted from a hobbyist company to one interested in gathering, and retaining business clients for its Apple II series of computers.

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Apple to expand Seattle AI & machine learning efforts with more space & staff

Apple to expand Seattle AI & machine learning efforts with more space & staff

Apple's Seattle offices — dedicated partly to work in artificial intelligence and machine learning — are set to expand both literally and in terms of workforce, a report revealed on Thursday.

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Samsung's 'Galaxy S8+' may challenge Apple with 6.2-inch screen & iris scanner

Samsung's 'Galaxy S8+' may challenge Apple with 6.2-inch screen & iris scanner

Samsung is reportedly developing a version of its upcoming "Galaxy S8" that will compete in some respects not just with Apple's iPhone 7 Plus, but also eye-scanning technology only expected in iPhones shipping later this year.

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Harman debuts first wireless Apple CarPlay integration, launches with BMW 5 Series sedan

Harman debuts first wireless Apple CarPlay integration, launches with BMW 5 Series sedan

Audio vendor Harman has unveiled a new wireless CarPlay solution for car manufacturers, with the technology first hitting the market as manufacturer-installed gear in the BMW 5 Series Sedan.

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First Apple store in Argentina said to open in Buenos Aires 2018

First Apple store in Argentina said to open in Buenos Aires 2018

Apple's slow expansion plans for the Latin American smartphone market could take its next step sometime next year, with a report claiming the first official Apple store in Argentina could open its doors and commence sales in 2018.

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TipsHow to change the email address linked to your Apple ID

How to change the email address linked to your Apple ID

If you own an iPad, iPhone, iPod or Mac, your Apple ID is the gateway to accessing the App Store, iCloud and iTunes, making it a crucial part of your digital identity. If you ever need to change the email address associated with your Apple ID, AppleInsider shows you how.

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Lyft expands to 54 new cities, including Des Moines, Amarillo & Topeka

Lyft expands to 54 new cities, including Des Moines, Amarillo & Topeka

Looking to challenge its main competitor in ridesharing, Uber, Lyft on Thursday expanded to 54 more U.S. cities, spanning states like Florida, Texas, Georgia, and Iowa.

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Contradictory report cites 5 Apple wireless charging teams on 'iPhone 8,' no tech breakthroughs

Contradictory report cites 5 Apple wireless charging teams on 'iPhone 8,' no tech breakthroughs

A new report highlights Apple's involvement with wireless charging protocol specification Qi's organizing body, and claims that Apple's iPhone moves are driven more by marketing needs than by any particular drive for innovation in new products.

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Fitbit's $23M Pebble purchase lower than expected, under financial pressure from Apple Watch success

Fitbit's $23M Pebble purchase lower than expected, under financial pressure from Apple Watch success

Fitbit has confirmed it paid $23 million for smartwatch maker Pebble, far below the expected value of the deal when it was announced in early December, amidst both companies' struggles against the Apple Watch.

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Federal court rules police can't force building-wide iPhone fingerprint unlocks

Federal court rules police can't force building-wide iPhone fingerprint unlocks

Possibly reversing recent trends in law enforcement, a U.S. federal court in Illinois has ruled that warrants can't be used to demand broad fingerprint unlocks for all of the devices in a building, such as Apple iPhones.

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Apple's acoustic imaging technology might replace Touch ID in future iPhones

Apple's acoustic imaging technology might replace Touch ID in future iPhones

Apple is rumored to replace iPhone's Touch ID home button with alternative bio-recognition hardware when it launches an OLED version of the handset later this year, but the technology enabling that transition is so far an unknown. A patent application published Thursday, however, indicates where the company's research is headed.

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Apple condemns Trump withdrawal of transgender bathroom use protections

Apple condemns Trump withdrawal of transgender bathroom use protections

Apple on Wednesday issued a statement in response to President Donald Trump's recent withdrawal of federal protections for transgender students, condemning the action as an effort that sets back human rights initiatives.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

FeatureWhich internet-only TV service should Apple device owners use?

Which internet-only TV service should Apple device owners use?

People truly wanting to cut the cord now have three major internet TV services to choose from: Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and DirecTV Now. All of them support iOS devices and the Apple TV, among other platforms — which one if any should you consider subscribing to?

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ColorWare now sells custom painted AirPods in 58 colors for $130 premium

ColorWare now sells custom painted AirPods in 58 colors for $130 premium

Although AirPods are still out of stock, those who waited to purchase Apple's first wireless earphones now have additional color options — 58 to be exact — to choose from thanks to aftermarket customization firm ColorWare.

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Tim Cook to relocate office to Apple Park, report says

Tim Cook to relocate office to Apple Park, report says

Adding to Wednesday's Apple Park news, a new report claims CEO Tim Cook plans to move his office to the company's futuristic campus later this year, likely when other employees begin the migration from Infinite Loop in April.

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Google's Chrome Canary web browser adds MacBook Pro Touch Bar support

Google's Chrome Canary web browser adds MacBook Pro Touch Bar support

As third-party developers slowly incorporate support for Apple's new MacBook Pro Touch Bar, Google on Wednesday integrated assets for the OLED control strip in the latest version of its Chrome Canary experimental web browser.

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Instagram's iPhone app adds support for uploading multiple photos & videos in one post

Instagram's iPhone app adds support for uploading multiple photos & videos in one post

Facebook's Instagram on Wednesday announced support for uploading up to 10 photos and videos in a single post, potentially radically changing how people use the social network.

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TipsHow to make your Apple Watch battery last longer

How to make your Apple Watch battery last longer

For some heavy Apple Watch users constantly checking their wrists, Apple's wearable device may not quite provide the 18-hour battery life the company advertises. For Apple Watch addicts, AppleInsider offers a handful of simple things you can do to squeeze some extra time out of your battery.

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Strava adds support for iPhone-free running & biking with GPS on Apple Watch Series 2

Strava adds support for iPhone-free running & biking with GPS on Apple Watch Series 2

Via an update, Strava's signature fitness app now makes use of the GPS on the Apple Watch Series 2 — allowing activity tracking without carrying an iPhone along, the developer has announced.

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