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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Apple mulls joining reported SoftBank-backed investment in Didi to avoid dilution of existing stake

Apple mulls joining reported SoftBank-backed investment in Didi to avoid dilution of existing stake

Japanese tech giant SoftBank is reportedly in talks to back a $6 billion investment in Chinese ride-hailing firm Didi Chuxing, a move that could dilute stakes of existing backers like Apple.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Apple's iOS 10.3 patches mobile Safari bug used in ransomware campaign

Apple's iOS 10.3 patches mobile Safari bug used in ransomware campaign

Nefarious actors using a mobile Safari exploit to extort iTunes gift cards from unwitting iOS device users will need to look elsewhere, as Apple patched the web browser flaw as part of Monday's iOS 10.3 update.

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Apple's iOS 10.3 lets customers leave in-app ratings, developers can respond reviews

Apple's iOS 10.3 lets customers leave in-app ratings, developers can respond reviews

With Monday's iOS 10.3 release, Apple introduced new App Store tools that streamline app ratings and offer new levels of customer outreach by allowing developers to publicly respond to reviews.

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VideoVideo recap: Apple releases iOS 10.3, macOS 10.12.4 and watchOS 3.2

Video recap: Apple releases iOS 10.3, macOS 10.12.4 and watchOS 3.2

Apple this week issued firmware updates for its major platforms, introducing all new features like Find My AirPods for iOS and Theater Mode for Apple Watch, as well as bringing Night Shift to Mac.

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Facebook updates Messenger for Apple's iPhone & iPad with Live Location sharing

Facebook updates Messenger for Apple's iPhone & iPad with Live Location sharing

Facebook on Monday began rolling out a new feature — Live Location — to its Messenger apps for iOS and Android, just days after Google announced a similar feature for Google Maps.

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Facebook hires former Apple designer Michael Hillman to take charge of VR hardware at Oculus

Facebook hires former Apple designer Michael Hillman to take charge of VR hardware at Oculus

Facebook is taking on Michael Hillman — a person with 15 years at Apple, including key work on the company's Mac desktops — as the head of hardware at its Oculus VR division.

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Apple TV Remote app updated, adding iPad support and better caption selection

Apple TV Remote app updated, adding iPad support and better caption selection

Once iPhone and iPod Touch only, Apple has updated the standalone Apple TV remote app, and for the first time has a specific iPad interface.

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ExclusiveKiller Deals: Save $150 to $390 instantly on Apple's new Touch Bar MacBook Pros with Apple Care, plus no tax in 48 states

Killer Deals: Save $150 to $390 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 $390 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.

Lengthy iOS 10.3 install time likely due to conversion to new Apple File System

Lengthy iOS 10.3 install time likely due to conversion to new Apple File System

Early adopters of the full iOS 10.3 release are seeing lengthy install processes, with multiple device reboots — probably as a result of the shift to Apple's new APFS.

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Apple adds Touch ID security in updated iOS, macOS versions of Numbers, Pages & Keynote

Apple adds Touch ID security in updated iOS, macOS versions of Numbers, Pages & Keynote

Alongside macOS 10.12.4 Sierra and iOS 10.3 releases, Apple has also updated its Numbers, Pages, and Keynote productivity apps with Touch ID authentication, and assorted bug fixes.

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Apple releases macOS 10.12.4, watchOS 3.2 & tvOS 10.2 updates

Apple releases macOS 10.12.4, watchOS 3.2 & tvOS 10.2 updates

In addition to iOS 10.3, Apple on Monday released macOS 10.12.4 with Night Shift, watchOS 3.2 with SiriKit and Theater Mode, and lastly tvOS 10.2, featuring smaller enhancements.

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Apple opens developer lottery registration for WWDC 2017 tickets

Apple opens developer lottery registration for WWDC 2017 tickets

Starting immediately and extending through Friday morning, developers can now sign up for the ticket lottery for Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose.

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iOS 10.3 now available for iPhone, iPad with Find My AirPods, Apple File System, more

iOS 10.3 now available for iPhone, iPad with Find My AirPods, Apple File System, more

After seven beta releases, Apple has released iOS 10.3 with Find My AirPods, APFS implementation, and other improvements for developers and the App Store.

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Rumor: Siri to get iMessage integration, adapt to user habits in 'iOS 11'

Rumor: Siri to get iMessage integration, adapt to user habits in 'iOS 11'

Apple is planning a slate of Siri updates for "iOS 11" which should include things like more adaptive AI and integration with iMessage and iCloud, according to a rumor stemming from an Israeli site.

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Apple's 2017 Supplier Responsibility Report reveals 2.4M workers taught rights, carbon emissions cut

Apple's 2017 Supplier Responsibility Report reveals 2.4M workers taught rights, carbon emissions cut

The welfare of workers employed by Apple's partners is continuing to improve, according to the iPhone producer's latest annual Supplier Responsibility Report, with the firms audited also found to be following its lead in becoming more environmentally friendly with their production processes.

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Wells Fargo to offer Apple Pay-based ATM transactions later in 2017

Wells Fargo to offer Apple Pay-based ATM transactions later in 2017

In launching smartphone-based ATM transactions across the U.S. on Monday, Wells Fargo simultaneously announced plans for NFC support "later this year," including Apple Pay.

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UK official calls for government access to encrypted iMessage, WhatsApp messages

UK official calls for government access to encrypted iMessage, WhatsApp messages

Apple and other tech companies must provide government intelligence agencies access to encrypted messaging services, the United Kingdom's Home Secretary declared in the wake of the Westminster terrorist attack, claiming there must be "no place for terrorists to hide" from surveillance.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook tapped to advise President Trump's 'Office of American Innovation'

Apple CEO Tim Cook tapped to advise President Trump's 'Office of American Innovation'

On Monday U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to announce a new White House agency dubbed the "Office of American Innovation," staffed by former business executives and advised by current ones — among them Apple CEO Tim Cook.

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JP Morgan raises Apple target to $165, sees sales of 260M iPhones in 2018

JP Morgan raises Apple target to $165, sees sales of 260M iPhones in 2018

Buying in on hype for an anticipated 10th anniversary "iPhone 8" super-cycle, investment firm J.P. Morgan has raised its price target on shares of Apple to $165.

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Drake's 'More Life' garners half of its worldwide downloads from Apple Music because of Beats 1

Drake's 'More Life' garners half of its worldwide downloads from Apple Music because of Beats 1

A new interview sheds some light on Drake's 300 million worldwide streams for his album More Life in its first week on Apple Music, and discusses the synergies between Beats 1 and Apple's streaming service.

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Apple 'stepping up' development of augmented reality glasses, moving towards consumer device - report

Apple 'stepping up' development of augmented reality glasses, moving towards consumer device - report

Apple is reportedly "stepping up its efforts" in developing augmented reality glasses, allocating more resources to the project with the aim of shifting it from research into a consumer product.

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Pre-order Deal: $10 off every new 9.7-inch iPad at B&H with no tax in 48 states, plus earn 5% reward

Pre-order Deal: $10 off every new 9.7-inch iPad at B&H with no tax in 48 states, plus earn 5% reward

Now is your chance to pre-order Apple's brand-new 9.7-inch iPad, which was announced on March 21, and save $10 instantly at B&H with free expedited shipping and no sales tax outside NY and NJ. Plus, shoppers can earn 5% in rewards points on every iPad pre-order with prices starting at $319.

T-Mobile adds iPhone AppleCare+ services to Jump, Premium Device Protection add-on plans

T-Mobile adds iPhone AppleCare+ services to Jump, Premium Device Protection add-on plans

T-Mobile has added AppleCare services to members subscribing to its extra-cost Premium Device Protection or Jump upgrade programs, allowing for $29 screen repairs.

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TSMC gearing up for 'A11' chip production, likely for 'iPhone 7s' and 'iPhone 8' — report

TSMC gearing up for 'A11' chip production, likely for 'iPhone 7s' and 'iPhone 8' — report

Apple chip partner TSMC is said to begin volume production of the "A11" processor in April, with production of 50 million of the chips before July, according to a recent report.

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Giveaway: Win a TS3 Lite Thunderbolt 3 dock from CalDigit

Giveaway: Win a TS3 Lite Thunderbolt 3 dock from CalDigit

CalDigit is partnering with AppleInsider this week to give readers the chance to win one of three TS3 Lite docks featuring dual Thunderbolt 3 Type-C ports, Gigabit Ethernet, DisplayPort and more.

New $329 2017 Apple iPad with A9 processor now shipping, arriving March 30

New $329 2017 Apple iPad with A9 processor now shipping, arriving March 30

The first batch of 2017 iPads ordered on Friday have shipped from Apple's warehouses, with recipients getting arrival notifications for as soon as March 30.

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Hands-OnHead to head: The best calendar apps for iPhone, iPad, and macOS

Head to head: The best calendar apps for iPhone, iPad, and macOS

After two months spent examining the calendar app heavy-hitters available for iPhone and macOS, AppleInsider helps you narrow down the choices.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Frankenphone combines (Product)Red iPhone 7 Plus with Jet Black iPhone face

Frankenphone combines (Product)Red iPhone 7 Plus with Jet Black iPhone face

A YouTube video creator took umbrage to the white bezel on the new (Product)Red iPhone 7 Plus, and swapped out parts with a Jet Black model leading to an iPhone 7 Plus with a red back case, and black front bezel.

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Chinese court overturns patent ruling, enabling continued iPhone 6 sales by Apple

Chinese court overturns patent ruling, enabling continued iPhone 6 sales by Apple

The Intellectual Property Court in Beijing has overturned a ruling that found Apple violated a patent belonging to a Chinese tech firm, Shenzhen Baili — and in the process, removed the threat of a city-wide ban on iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sales.

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Trade-in time: How to sell your used iPhone or iPad for cash and lock in a $10 to $20 bonus

Trade-in time: How to sell your used iPhone or iPad for cash and lock in a $10 to $20 bonus

With the launch of Apple's 9.7-inch low-cost iPad line, as well as a new red iPhone 7 and 128GB iPhone SE, now is the time to trade in your old device and secure a cash bonus before values drop. BuyBackWorld is offering readers a $10 to $20 bonus on trades over $50, while Gazelle is giving customers 10% more for iPads valued over $75.

FeatureApple's 2017 iPad vs. 2016 9.7" iPad Pro: Which model is right for you?

Apple's 2017 iPad vs. 2016 9.7

Paying $270 more for the same size iPad with roughly similar specs can be a tough pill to swallow — AppleInsider examines the differences between the new 2017 9.7-inch iPad, and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro from March 2016.

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This week on AI: Apple's $329 'budget' iPad, red iPhones, hacking threats & more

This week on AI: Apple's $329 'budget' iPad, red iPhones, hacking threats & more

It was a very busy week for Apple, headlined by several surprise announcements on Tuesday, including a new "budget" iPad and a (Product)Red iPhone 7. A hacking group tried to hold Apple iCloud accounts hostage, and WikiLeaks released details of Mac and iOS exploits used by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency — just for a start.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

New Apple Park drone footage reveals occupied research and development building, landscaping progress

New Apple Park drone footage reveals occupied research and development building, landscaping progress

Following a break in nasty weather, the latest drone footage of Apple Park shows yet more landscaping progress, an occupied research and development building, and the removal of most of the heavy-lifting machinery from the campus.

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Apple reissues iTunes 12.6, removes mysterious 'Show on Profile Page' option

Apple reissues iTunes 12.6, removes mysterious 'Show on Profile Page' option

Apple on Friday took the unusual step of reissuing Tuesday's iTunes 12.6 update, stripping out a "Show on Profile Page" toggle that may have accidentally hinted at plans for Apple Music.

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FeatureHands-on: Calendars 5, a powerful yet simple iPhone scheduling app

Hands-on: Calendars 5, a powerful yet simple iPhone scheduling app

All Calendars 5 lacks for the Apple faithful is a Mac version — AppleInsider schedules some meetings to see if that's an issue or not.

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US Senate votes to allow ISPs to sell personal data to advertisers without opt-out safeguards

US Senate votes to allow ISPs to sell personal data to advertisers without opt-out safeguards

The U.S. Senate has voted in favor of overturning privacy rules instituted by the Federal Communications Commission in 2016, which — if the measure survives a second vote in the House of Representatives — will allow internet service providers to sell customer data to advertisers without people having a say.

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Deals: 32GB Apple TV for $129 ($20 off); iPhone case blowout from $2.99; 13" MacBook Pro for $1,349 ($150 off)

Deals: 32GB Apple TV for $129 ($20 off); iPhone case blowout from $2.99; 13

Apple deals are rolling in this week with instant discounts on 4th gen 32GB Apple TVs ($20 off) and 13-inch MacBook Pros with function keys ($150 off). B&H is also slashing prices on iPhone 6/6s/Plus cases with free shipping and prices starting at $2.99. Quantities are limited, though.

Apple begins sales of (Product)Red iPhone 7, $329 iPad, 32 & 128GB iPhone SE

Apple begins sales of (Product)Red iPhone 7, $329 iPad, 32 & 128GB iPhone SE

After a brief outage, the Apple online store is back online, and is now selling the (Product)Red iPhone 7, $329 iPad, 32 & 128GB iPhone SE, all of which were announced earlier this week.

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Microsoft Word macro malware automatically adapts attack techniques for macOS, Windows

Microsoft Word macro malware automatically adapts attack techniques for macOS, Windows

A form of Word macro-based malware has been uncovered that can affect both macOS and Windows users when executed, with the malicious file modifying its attack method depending on which operating system it detects it is being run within.

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