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Saturday, August 27, 2016

This week on AI: Three iPhones in 2017, Apple takes on Snapchat, surprise iOS 9.3.5 update & more

This week on AI: Three iPhones in 2017, Apple takes on Snapchat, surprise iOS 9.3.5 update & more

The "iPhone 7" may still be just around the corner, but the focus of news is already beginning to lean more heavily on future Apple products, including 2017 iPhones, new Macs, and potential health technologies.

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Britney Spears' album 'Glory' debuts, but not as Apple Music exclusive

Britney Spears' album 'Glory' debuts, but not as Apple Music exclusive

Britney Spears debuted her ninth studio effort, "Glory," on Friday as a non-exclusive streaming release despite reports, and a highly suggestive tweet from Spears herself, that it would land only on Apple Music.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Apple CEO Tim Cook sells $36M in Apple stock after receiving 5-year RSU bonus

Apple CEO Tim Cook sells $36M in Apple stock after receiving 5-year RSU bonus

After receiving a sizable bonus of vested restricted stock units (RSUs) for five years of success as Apple's CEO, Tim Cook on Wednesday cashed in nearly a third of his existing stock cache for a $35.8 million payday.

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Spotify allegedly retaliating against Apple Music exclusives by 'burying' artist content [u]

Spotify allegedly retaliating against Apple Music exclusives by 'burying' artist content [u]

While Apple is buying exclusives to keep music off rival streaming services, its main competitor — Spotify — is reportedly firing back by "burying" content from artists who sign those deals.

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ExclusiveSources: iPhone 6 series 'touch disease' now accounting for about 11% of Apple Store repairs

Sources: iPhone 6 series 'touch disease' now accounting for about 11% of Apple Store repairs

Exclusive AppleInsider research points to about 11 percent of an Apple Store's daily iPhone service traffic to be related to the so-called "touch disease" problem, eclipsing all other individual issues dealt with by retail personnel on a day-to-day basis.

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Apple issues 8th developer beta of iOS 10, 7th public release

Apple issues 8th developer beta of iOS 10, 7th public release

Beta testers of iOS 10, both public and registered developers, have a new build to test as of Friday, as Apple pushes towards next month's anticipated release of the next-generation mobile operating system. In addition, tvOS 10 beta 7 is also available for developers.

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UMG moratorium on exclusives may have killed Lady Gaga deal with Apple Music

UMG moratorium on exclusives may have killed Lady Gaga deal with Apple Music

The decision by Universal Music Group to end exclusives may have also quashed an Apple Music deal involving Lady Gaga and Universal's Interscope label, a report claimed on Friday.

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'iPhone 7' production affected by low yields on waterproof speaker, dual camera - report

'iPhone 7' production affected by low yields on waterproof speaker, dual camera - report

As Apple gears up to launch its next-generation iPhone, key components reportedly face production issues, with low yields allegedly seen for the new dual-lens camera expected on the "iPhone 7 Plus."

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Intel plots attack on Apple's partnership with TSMC, looks to build A-series chips by 2018

Intel plots attack on Apple's partnership with TSMC, looks to build A-series chips by 2018

As Intel looks to muscle its way into the smartphone CPU business, the chipmaker has reportedly set its sights on competing with TSMC, the firm currently responsible for the A-series processors found in the iPhone, iPad and more.

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Fox Sports Go app for Apple TV lets viewers watch four games simultaneously

Fox Sports Go app for Apple TV lets viewers watch four games simultaneously

Fox on Friday released a tvOS version of Fox Sports GO, with a unique interface allowing Apple TV owners to watch up to four games simultaneously — if they already have authenticated access to the associated channels.

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UK carrier EE, Germany's Deutsche Telekom expected to offer six months of free Apple Music

UK carrier EE, Germany's Deutsche Telekom expected to offer six months of free Apple Music

Starting next month, U.K. carrier EE and Germany's Deutsche Telekom are both expected to launch promotions in which customers will get six free months of Apple Music, a report said on Friday.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast talks Apple Health, machine learning, 'iPhone 7' rumors

AppleInsider podcast talks Apple Health, machine learning, 'iPhone 7' rumors

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Mikey and Victor talk acquisitions, Apple Health, Tim Cook's tenure as CEO, and catch you up on all the latest 'iPhone 7' news.

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Apple gets green light to add 1,000 jobs at Irish headquarters

Apple gets green light to add 1,000 jobs at Irish headquarters

More than nine months after Apple first announced plans to expand its European headquarters in Cork, Ireland, and amid an EU probe into questionable tax practices, the company was recently granted approval to add 1,000 people to its workforce over the next 18 months.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Deals: $100-$350 off 13" MacBook Airs; $100 off 2016 12" MacBooks; 30% off plus free shipping at Zagg; 2012 13" MacBook Pro for $795

Deals: $100-$350 off 13

Shoppers this week can pick up a 13" MacBook Air with a free copy of Parallels 12 and $50 off AppleCare. Or snap up triple-digit savings on 2016 12" MacBooks. Accessories are also 30% off at Zagg with free shipping, while a 2012 13" MacBook Pro is $794.99 on eBay.

Deals: Grab the lowest prices on iMacs and MacBooks with AppleCare (up to $430 off) with exclusive coupons

Deals: Grab the lowest prices on iMacs and MacBooks with AppleCare (up to $430 off) with exclusive coupons

AI readers can use exclusive coupons this week to score the lowest prices anywhere on 27-inch iMac 5Ks, 15-inch MacBook Pros and remaining 2015 12-inch MacBooks bundled with AppleCare. Save up to $430 instantly with free shipping and no tax in most states.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Apple again rumored to axe iPhone home button in 2017

Apple again rumored to axe iPhone home button in 2017

Apple is again rumored to be on track to remove the iconic physical home button from its flagship mobile product, the iPhone, when a next-generation version of the device launches next year.

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Apple to integrate Japan's FeliCa tap-to-pay standard in next-gen iPhone, report says

Apple to integrate Japan's FeliCa tap-to-pay standard in next-gen iPhone, report says

Apple is reportedly working to release a special iPhone model for the Japanese market that will integrate a specific iteration of Sony-developed FeliCa technology, a longstanding tap-to-pay solution for smartphones.

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Watchdog group finds Pegatron exploiting workers in lead up to 'iPhone 7' launch

Watchdog group finds Pegatron exploiting workers in lead up to 'iPhone 7' launch

Apple's repeated demands that suppliers cut costs have reportedly prompted "iPhone 7" manufacturing partner Pegatron to skirt the tech giant's audits with covert decreases in effective pay and increases in illegal overtime amid worsening working conditions, according to frequent critic China Labor Watch.

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Apple-1 'Celebration' motherboard auction pulls in $815K

Apple-1 'Celebration' motherboard auction pulls in $815K

The motherboard believed to be amongst the first hand built prototypes for the Apple-1 fell short of million dollar estimates, but still reaped $815,000 with a portion going to charity.

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Apple's Siri & rivals being hampered by poor microphone tech

Apple's Siri & rivals being hampered by poor microphone tech

Apple's Siri — and other voice assistants from the likes of Amazon, Google, and Microsoft — are being held back by the state microphone hardware, a report noted on Thursday.

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Dangerous, targeted iPhone attack nullified by Apple with iOS 9.3.5 patch

Dangerous, targeted iPhone attack nullified by Apple with iOS 9.3.5 patch

More details have emerged about the need for the iOS 9.3.5 patch, which looks to have terminated a trio of exploits capable of a remote jailbreak and mass exfiltration of data from a target's iPhone, including device and account passwords.

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Apple's iTunes ranks fourth in JD Power satisfaction survey for paid streaming video

Apple's iTunes ranks fourth in JD Power satisfaction survey for paid streaming video

J.D. Power on Thursday published a new customer satisfaction survey for paid video streaming services, ranking Apple's iTunes below three major competitors.

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Giveaway: Win a Stanley Stand and iPhone Wally Wallet Case from Distil Union

Giveaway: Win a Stanley Stand and iPhone Wally Wallet Case from Distil Union

Distil Union is partnering with AppleInsider this week to give readers the chance to win one of five bundles containing a Stanley Stand and iPhone Wally Wallet Case.

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Apple issues iOS 9.3.5 update, patching serious security issues discovered just 10 days ago

Apple issues iOS 9.3.5 update, patching serious security issues discovered just 10 days ago

Apple on Thursday pushed out yet another important update for its iOS 9 operating system, addressing serious security holes apparently exploited by an Israeli hacking firm, in what could be the final patch ahead of the release of iOS 10.

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WhatsApp says it will share some data with Facebook for ads & other purposes

WhatsApp says it will share some data with Facebook for ads & other purposes

Messaging service WhatsApp on Thursday updated its user terms and privacy policy, revealing that it will start sharing phone numbers and some analytics data with its parent company, Facebook.

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Spigen rolls the dice, launches 33 protective cases for Apple's unannounced 'iPhone 7' lineup

Spigen rolls the dice, launches 33 protective cases for Apple's unannounced 'iPhone 7' lineup

Case manufacturing company Spigen appears to be the first to deliver protective cases for the "iPhone 7" and "iPhone 7 Plus" to the consumer market, though whether they will actually fit the rumored devices remains to be seen.

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DJI debuts iPhone-connected Osmo+ camera with zoom & other enhancements

DJI debuts iPhone-connected Osmo+ camera with zoom & other enhancements

DJI on Thursday revealed the Osmo+, a new version of its handheld iPhone-controlled gimbal camera with several upgrades, most notably built-in zoom functions.

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Apple Maps team enhances Japanese station data, setting stage for transit directions in iOS 10

Apple Maps team enhances Japanese station data, setting stage for transit directions in iOS 10

Apple is reportedly improving the detail of its train/subway station mapping for Tokyo and other Japanese cities, preparing for the long-awaited arrival of public transit directions.

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Supply chain sees tablet market expansion, with Apple's iPad holding fast

Supply chain sees tablet market expansion, with Apple's iPad holding fast

Apple is expected see consistent sales of its high-end offerings in the third calendar quarter of 2016, while other companies like Samsung and Amazon will be greatly impacted by the flood of "white box" generic tablets from Chinese manufacturers.

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Apple to take on Snapchat, Facebook in 2017 with new iPhone video editing app - report

Apple to take on Snapchat, Facebook in 2017 with new iPhone video editing app - report

Apple is said to be looking to tiptoe into the social media space again, both expanding social media sharing within its OS suites, and building a Snapchat-like video and image sharing service for a 2017 launch.

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Future iPhones might collect fingerprints, photos of thieves

Future iPhones might collect fingerprints, photos of thieves

An Apple patent application published on Thursday describes a method of storing an unauthorized user's biometric information, which can help strengthen security management or assist in device recovery and criminal prosecution in the case of a theft.

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Apple Music Festival to feature Elton John, Alicia Keys, Chance the Rapper, others

Apple Music Festival to feature Elton John, Alicia Keys, Chance the Rapper, others

Apple on Thursday announced the full lineup of its upcoming Apple Music Festival slated to kick off on Sept. 18 in London, where music industry icons like Elton John and Alicia Keys will take the stage at the historic Roundhouse theater with up and coming stars including Chance the Rapper and The 1975.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Frank Ocean's Apple Music releases potentially mark beginning of end for streaming exclusives

Frank Ocean's Apple Music releases potentially mark beginning of end for streaming exclusives

After four years out of the spotlight, Frank Ocean last week debuted not one, but two new albums on Apple Music. And while the rare double release delighted fans, it raised the ire of one of the world's biggest record labels, potentially marking the beginning of the end for streaming exclusives.

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Apple ceases code signing for iOS 9.3.2 and iOS 9.3.3, blocks Pangu jailbreak

Apple ceases code signing for iOS 9.3.2 and iOS 9.3.3, blocks Pangu jailbreak

Apple on Wednesday stopped signing code for iOS 9.3.2 and iOS 9.3.3, meaning device users who upgraded to the most recent iOS 9.3.4 version, or who have not yet upgraded from iOS 9.3.1, are no longer able to access the release.

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Apple suggests five new professional emoji be added to Unicode Standard

Apple suggests five new professional emoji be added to Unicode Standard

As the Unicode Consortium evaluates a proposed update to emoji standards that includes new Google-recommended characters representing various professions, Apple in August submitted its own suggestion to add another five jobs to the list.

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macOS Sierra beta points to future Macs equipped with 10Gbps USB 3.1 Gen 2

macOS Sierra beta points to future Macs equipped with 10Gbps USB 3.1 Gen 2

Upcoming Macs may support USB 3.1 Gen 2, enabling peripheral speeds up to a maximum 10 gigabits per second, code discovered in macOS Sierra suggests.

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Suspect order assembly sheet purports to confirm 256GB 'iPhone 7' capacity

Suspect order assembly sheet purports to confirm 256GB 'iPhone 7' capacity

A noted smartphone product leaker known for collecting data from Chinese manufacturers has published an assembly sheet for the "iPhone 7," but there does not appear to be any clear designation on the paper that directly points to Apple as the client.

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US Treasury takes last stab at deterring tax judgment against Apple & Ireland

US Treasury takes last stab at deterring tax judgment against Apple & Ireland

The U.S. Treasury Department issued a special white paper on Wednesday, threatening that it will "consider potential responses" should the European Commsission demand that Ireland collect billions of euros in back taxes from Apple.

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TipsHow to use your iPhone to see what political affiliation Facebook thinks you have

How to use your iPhone to see what political affiliation Facebook thinks you have

Facebook stores a significant amount of data on every user, including details about devices and operating systems you've used to access the service, and what political affiliation you may be. Here's how to find out what the world's largest social network knows about you.

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