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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Google's Top News results for 'Great Barrier Reef' directs to fringe political commentary

Google's Top News results for 'Great Barrier Reef' directs to fringe political commentary

Google's algorithmic efforts to "organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful" are again facing a critical failure, calling into question confidence in the search giant's unfinished, buggy artificial intelligence that's currently stomping all over its mission statement.

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Apple Pay gains over 30 more card issuers in US, China & Australia, re-adds Santander

Apple Pay gains over 30 more card issuers in US, China & Australia, re-adds Santander

Apple this week updated its list of banks and credit unions supporting Apple Pay with over 30 additions across the U.S., China, and Australia, most notably re-adding Santander in the U.S., which was mistakenly put on the list a month ago.

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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.

Beats 1 host Zane Lowe sees a future with multiple Apple-hosted live radio stations

Beats 1 host Zane Lowe sees a future with multiple Apple-hosted live radio stations

A new interview with Beats 1 head Zane Lowe emphasizes Apple's message about how streaming is the future, and that Apple is possibly looking to expand live Beats-branded streaming radio stations even further.

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First look: Lightweight Nike Sport Band is now sold separately from Apple Watch for $49

First look: Lightweight Nike Sport Band is now sold separately from Apple Watch for $49

This week, Apple expanded the lineup of band options for Apple Watch owners, including the ability to buy the Nike Sport Band on its own. AppleInsider offers fitness-focused Apple Watch users a first look at the add-on accessory.

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Apple's iPhone, Samsung phones nearly equal in J.D. Power satisfaction survey

Apple's iPhone, Samsung phones nearly equal in J.D. Power satisfaction survey

While Apple and the iPhone ranked first in a survey of U.S. customer satisfaction with smartphones, the company's chief rival — Samsung — came second by only the slimmest of margins, according to a J.D. Power report published on Thursday.

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TipsHow to implement Apple's two-factor authentication for security on Mac, iPhone, or iPad

How to implement Apple's two-factor authentication for security on Mac, iPhone, or iPad

Given all the talk in the news about a possible hacker mass-wipe of iCloud accounts, it seems only prudent for users to take precautions, and a good safety measure is two-factor authentication — AppleInsider shows you how to turn it on from your Mac or your iPhone.

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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.

Latest leaked CIA hack focuses on Apple's macOS, utilizes patched Thunderbolt EFI exploit

Latest leaked CIA hack focuses on Apple's macOS, utilizes patched Thunderbolt EFI exploit

A second batch of CIA "Vault 7" documents published by WikiLeaks reveals some penetration methods for Mac hardware in-use by the CIA, none of which are wide-reaching, requiring physical device access to implement.

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Wells Fargo to open up iPhone-based ATM withdrawals next week, no Apple Pay yet

Wells Fargo to open up iPhone-based ATM withdrawals next week, no Apple Pay yet

Following the end of a successful pilot project, Wells Fargo will be opening up smartphone-based withdrawals at all 13,000 of its U.S. ATMs on Monday, March 27 — though support for Apple Pay isn't yet on the horizon.

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FeatureThe tech inside: San Francisco's Electroluxx art & dance party

The tech inside: San Francisco's Electroluxx art & dance party

Electroluxx is a reoccurring, technology-fueled creative art and dance party held at San Francisco's Public Works venue. Here's a look at the tech that goes into coordinating the event, building interactive projection art, visualizations, lighting, a wireless silent disco and Virtual Reality experiences.

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4-year-old saves mother's life by asking Apple's Siri to call emergency services

4-year-old saves mother's life by asking Apple's Siri to call emergency services

A four-year-old boy in the United Kingdom saved his mother's life after she collapsed, the Metropolitan Police has confirmed, by unlocking his mother's iPhone and asking Siri to contact the emergency services.

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US Attorney General claims a 'few weeks' needed to harvest data from rioters' locked iPhones

US Attorney General claims a 'few weeks' needed to harvest data from rioters' locked iPhones

The U.S. Attorney General coordinating the prosecution of 214 of the demonstrators arrested during the inauguration has declared that the cell phones, including iPhones, obtained during the arrests will be unlocked in the next few weeks.

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Apple to start Indian iPhone manufacturing within next two months

Apple to start Indian iPhone manufacturing within next two months

Apple's Indian manufacturing will finally begin within the next 4 to 6 weeks at a Wistron plant in Bangalore — and more ambitious plans are already being hatched.

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Apple investigating accessory that turns iPhone, iPad into full-fledged touchscreen laptop

Apple investigating accessory that turns iPhone, iPad into full-fledged touchscreen laptop

An Apple patent application published Thursday details a so-called "thin" portable hardware accessory that boasts the components necessary to act as a laptop surrogate for iPhones and iPads.

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Apple responds to hacker claims, says systems not breached

Apple responds to hacker claims, says systems not breached

Apple in a statement late Wednesday responded to claims that a hacking group is threatening to wipe hundreds of millions of iPhones and iPads using stolen credentials, saying its own systems have not been compromised.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Tim Cook says Apple in China for long haul, touts job creation in new interview

Tim Cook says Apple in China for long haul, touts job creation in new interview

Apple CEO Tim Cook took time out of his China tour this week to speak with a local news publication about the company's regional intentions, saying Apple is planting deep roots in the country, from job creation to economic and environmental investments.

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Apple acquires automation app Workflow, title to remain on App Store for free

Apple acquires automation app Workflow, title to remain on App Store for free

Apple on Wednesday finalized a deal to acquire popular automation app Workflow and its three-member development team for an undisclosed sum, and is for now leaving the title on the App Store where it will be free to download.

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AT&T, Verizon join firms pulling millions in ads from Google, YouTube over hate, terrorist content

AT&T, Verizon join firms pulling millions in ads from Google, YouTube over hate, terrorist content

The U.K. advertising backlash against Google is spreading to the United States. Mobile carriers AT&T and Verizon, Enterprise car rental and pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline are among the major ad buyers acting to distance their brands from the offensive and extremist content that saturates YouTube.

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Newly announced iPad coming 'next week' to Apple stores, other retail establishments

Newly announced iPad coming 'next week' to Apple stores, other retail establishments

While the newly announced 9-7 inch iPad can be ordered from Apple's online store on Friday, users wanting to purchase it in Apple Retail stores or other large electronics stores will need to wait until "next week," according to Apple.

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Starbucks gifts coming to Apple's Messages app with Apple Pay

Starbucks gifts coming to Apple's Messages app with Apple Pay

Starting in April, iPhone owners will be able to gift Starbucks purchases to others by way of the native iOS Messages app and Apple Pay, the coffee chain announced on Wednesday.

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Google Maps gets location sharing for Apple's iPhone & iPad

Google Maps gets location sharing for Apple's iPhone & iPad

Google will soon start rolling out real-time location sharing for users of its Maps app for iOS and Android, offering a feature similar to Apple's Find My Friends, or Google's own defunct Latitude.

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Extended! The Big AppleCare Sale: Save $50 to $130 on standalone AppleCare plans with no tax in 48 states

Extended! The Big AppleCare Sale: Save $50 to $130 on standalone AppleCare plans with no tax in 48 states

Extended by popular demand! Shoppers can save $50 to $130 on standalone AppleCare plans for MacBooks, MacBook Airs, MacBook Pros, Mac Pros and iMacs with free shipping at Apple authorized reseller Adorama. Plus, Adorama will not collect sales tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

TipsHow to open a playlist in a new window in iTunes 12.6 on macOS

How to open a playlist in a new window in iTunes 12.6 on macOS

With the release of iTunes 12.6, Apple has restored the ability to open a playlist in a new window on macOS —- here's how to do it.

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Movie studios talk $30 rentals for films still in theaters as Apple pushes for content on iTunes

Movie studios talk $30 rentals for films still in theaters as Apple pushes for content on iTunes

Hollywood studios are reportedly showing "greater flexibility" in negotiations with theater chains about the prospect of early movie rentals — something that could affect Apple, which is also allegedly pursuing early streaming via the iTunes Store.

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Feature2017 iPad vs. iPad Air 2 vs. iPad Air: What's new and different in Apple's latest tablet?

2017 iPad vs. iPad Air 2 vs. iPad Air: What's new and different in Apple's latest tablet?

With the last update to the iPad Air line over two years ago, how does Apple's new 2017 iPad compare to its predecessors? AppleInsider takes a look at the three statistically, to see how they stack up.

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Marriott likely to decide on Apple Siri or Amazon Alexa for hotels later this year

Marriott likely to decide on Apple Siri or Amazon Alexa for hotels later this year

Marriott is currently testing both Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa at an Aloft hotel in Boston to gauge which assistant, if either, might be best for letting guests control their rooms through voice commands, a report said on Wednesday.

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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.

Hackers attempt to extort Apple with threat to remotely wipe iPhones, iPads

Hackers attempt to extort Apple with threat to remotely wipe iPhones, iPads

Hackers are allegedly trying to extort Apple by holding its customer's data for ransom, with threats to reset a number of supposedly compromised iCloud accounts and remotely wiping connected iPhones and iPads if they are not paid.

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Apple avoids (Product)Red branding in China for new red iPhone 7 models [u]

Apple avoids (Product)Red branding in China for new red iPhone 7 models [u]

Apple's new red options for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus — which, through (Red), will contribute proceeds to the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS — lack that same charity branding on the company's Chinese website. [Updated with comment by CEO Tim Cook]

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iOS 10.3 beta hints at more fluid Apple Pencil with next-gen iPad Pro models

iOS 10.3 beta hints at more fluid Apple Pencil with next-gen iPad Pro models

Code discovered within Apple's latest iOS 10.3 beta shows tools that will allow developers to run their apps at variable framerates, suggesting that higher-fidelity Apple Pencil support could be coming to the company's soon-to-arrive iPad Pro refresh.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Amazon adds "Send to Kindle" to Kindle for iOS, CarPlay support to Amazon Music

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Amazon recently updated its Kindle iOS app with a new "Send to Kindle" feature that allows users to transfer and save web content to a Kindle device. The company also refreshed its Amazon Music app with support for Apple's CarPlay.

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Apple's (Product)Red iPhone 7 gets first unboxing video

Apple's (Product)Red iPhone 7 gets first unboxing video

Just hours after Apple announced a special edition (Product)Red of its iPhone 7 and 7 Plus handsets, YouTuber Marques Brownlee received an iPhone 7 Plus variant and gave it the full unboxing and hands-on treatment.

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VideoVideo recap: Apple launches new low-cost iPad, (Product)Red iPhone 7

Video recap: Apple launches new low-cost iPad, (Product)Red iPhone 7

Fulfilling recent predictions, Apple on Tuesday quietly added a few new devices to its product lineup, headlined by an entry-level 9.7-inch iPad with A9 processor and special edition (Product)Red iPhone 7 and 7 Plus handsets.

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Apple adds multiscreen movie rental viewing to iTunes in latest update

Apple adds multiscreen movie rental viewing to iTunes in latest update

Along with Tuesday's hardware debuts, Apple quietly released an updated iTunes version that allows users to rent movies once and watch them on multiple screens.

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Apple halts new iPad mini 2 sales, raising entry price barrier on iPads

Apple halts new iPad mini 2 sales, raising entry price barrier on iPads

As a part of its iPad refresh on Tuesday, Apple also halted new sales of the iPad mini 2, a move that raises the price of entering the iPad ecosystem by $60.

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New Apple 9.7-inch iPad aimed squarely at iPad 2 owners looking to affordably upgrade

New Apple 9.7-inch iPad aimed squarely at iPad 2 owners looking to affordably upgrade

While the rumored iPad Pro refresh has yet to happen, Tuesday's 9.7-inch form factor update serves as an affordable enticement to older iPad users from the iPad 2 to the iPad 4 to retire out-of-date equipment — and to do it now.

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With iPhone SE upgrade, Apple heralds the end of low-capacity 16GB iPhones

After years of complaints, inspired by users unable to install iOS updates because of insufficient free space, Apple has finally eliminated the inadequate 16-gigabyte storage tier from its iPhone lineup.

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Logitech announces schools-only Rugged Case & add-on keyboard for Apple's new budget iPad

Logitech announces schools-only Rugged Case & add-on keyboard for Apple's new budget iPad

Hot on the heels of Apple revealing a new budget iPad, Logitech on Tuesday debuted a matching case and keyboard combo intended exclusively for Canadian and American schools.

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