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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Nokia looks to block US imports of Apple products in latest salvo over patents

Nokia looks to block US imports of Apple products in latest salvo over patents

The U.S. International Trade Commission is looking into allegations that Apple is importing devices that infringe on Nokia patents, such as iPhones and iPads, a report said on Tuesday.

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Breathometer refunding iPhone blood alcohol tester owners in full

Breathometer refunding iPhone blood alcohol tester owners in full

Breathometer, producer of a breathalyzer accessory for the iPhone, has agreed to provide refunds to customers in a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, after claims about the device's lack of accuracy were investigated by the regulatory group.

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New microchip could bring portable spectroscopy to iPhone, Apple Watch

New microchip could bring portable spectroscopy to iPhone, Apple Watch

Si-Ware on Tuesday revealed an iPhone-compatible spectroscopy chip, the NeoSpectra Micro, which could potentially expand the uses of both mobile devices and wearables in areas like health, science, and nutrition.

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Theater Mode, SiriKit coming to Apple Watch in forthcoming watchOS 3.2 beta

Theater Mode, SiriKit coming to Apple Watch in forthcoming watchOS 3.2 beta

Even though Apple has not yet released a beta for new watchOS system software, it has shared some notes about it, with additions including SiriKit on the Apple Watch, and Theater Mode being implemented in it and not the iPhone as previously rumored.

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Apple allowing developers to respond to user reviews in App Stores with iOS 10.3, more improvements coming

Apple allowing developers to respond to user reviews in App Stores with iOS 10.3, more improvements coming

As part of feedback collected by Apple, when iOS 10.3 ships to customers the company is adding the ability for an app's developer to respond to complaints or praise, with the response available for all to see in the App Store — and more improvements for developers are coming.

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Ford hires Apple marketing executive Musa Tariq for VP, chief brand officer role

Ford hires Apple marketing executive Musa Tariq for VP, chief brand officer role

Ford has become the latest car manufacturer to draw high-level employees away from Apple, with marketing executive Musa Tariq appointed as a vice president and chief brand officer of the major automobile producer.

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Apple releases first iOS 10.3 with 'Find my AirPods,' tvOS 10.2, macOS 10.12.4 betas for developers

Apple releases first iOS 10.3 with 'Find my AirPods,' tvOS 10.2, macOS 10.12.4 betas for developers

One day after the last updates of iOS and macOS, Apple has released three new betas, bringing "Find my AirPods" and APFS to iOS, a new Night Shift mode to macOS, and fast scrolling to tvOS 10.2.

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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.

Strong iPhone 7 Plus adoption seen boosting ASP, Apple's Dec. quarter results

Strong iPhone 7 Plus adoption seen boosting ASP, Apple's Dec. quarter results

Though iPhone shipments could fall under Wall Street consensus for the December quarter, Apple's revenue from the product should be boosted by high consumer favor for Plus models, an analyst noted on Tuesday.

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Gamevice MFi game controllers for iPhone 7 removes battery, gains external Lightning port

Gamevice MFi game controllers for iPhone 7 removes battery, gains external Lightning port

Gamevice has updated its range of MFi-certified game controllers for iOS devices, with the second-generation iPhone and iPad controllers introducing support for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and the addition of a Lightning port.

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India government said likely to reject tax, trade concessions for Apple manufacturing deal

India government said likely to reject tax, trade concessions for Apple manufacturing deal

The Indian government will probably reject Apple's requests for waiving taxes and duties on imports in exchange for setting up local manufacturing, reports claimed on Tuesday ahead of a Wednesday meeting between the company and government officials.

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'Right to Repair' bills in five states could force Apple to provide iPhone parts, support to independent repair shops

'Right to Repair' bills in five states could force Apple to provide iPhone parts, support to independent repair shops

Five states have introduced bills that would give citizens the "Right to Repair" electronics, compelling Apple and other manufacturers to provide service manuals and easier access to spare parts to consumers and third-party repair shops.

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Better incarnation of Siri may appear alongside Apple's 2017 iPhones - report

Better incarnation of Siri may appear alongside Apple's 2017 iPhones - report

Apple's 2017 iPhone models will likely ship with an enhanced version of Siri, reflecting growing competition in the AI assistant space, a report said on Tuesday.

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EU ruling over $14 billion Apple tax bill could be overturned, suggests Irish tax advisor

EU ruling over $14 billion Apple tax bill could be overturned, suggests Irish tax advisor

The European Commission's order for Apple to pay Ireland 13 billion euros ($14 billion) in back taxes is an overreach of power, with PricewaterhouseCoopers' head of Irish tax matters Feargal O'Rourke claiming the move is tantamount to a "land grab."

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Samsung's chip & Galaxy S7 sales help push Q4 revenues over the top despite Note 7 disaster

Samsung's chip & Galaxy S7 sales help push Q4 revenues over the top despite Note 7 disaster

In spite of the major financial hit it took after the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung Electronics on Tuesday said it managed a 50 percent boost in operating profits during the December quarter, thanks to a combination of high chip sales and other phones filling in the gap.

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Apple patent details modular Apple Watch accessories disguised as bracelet links

Apple patent details modular Apple Watch accessories disguised as bracelet links

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent detailing a modular accessories system for Apple Watch that disguises electrical components like batteries, biometric sensors, solar cells and more as links in the wearable's metal band.

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Qualcomm to continue supplying Apple with chips despite $1B lawsuit, considering legal rebuttal

Qualcomm to continue supplying Apple with chips despite $1B lawsuit, considering legal rebuttal

Qualcomm is expected to continue supplying modems and other components to Apple despite facing a $1 billion lawsuit over patent royalties and a related U.S. Federal Trade Commission action involving the Cupertino tech giant, according to a report on Monday,

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Apple releases iTunes 12.5.5 with minor performance improvements

Apple releases iTunes 12.5.5 with minor performance improvements

Continuing Apple's big day of software releases, the company on Monday issued a minor iTunes update that delivers bug fixes and performance improvements to Mac and Windows users.

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Short-term Apple executive Yoky Matsuoka returns to Nest as CTO

Short-term Apple executive Yoky Matsuoka returns to Nest as CTO

Yoky Matsuoka, a leading expert in the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence, is returning to Alphabet's Nest Labs after serving less than nine months on the job at Apple, where she was in charge of various health-related projects including aspects of Apple Watch.

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DirecTV Now breaks 200,000 subscribers in problematic first month of service

DirecTV Now breaks 200,000 subscribers in problematic first month of service

AT&T's DirecTV has successfully managed to acquire more than 200,000 paying subscribers within one month of its launch on November 30, but despite the growth, customers of the Internet TV provider are continuing to endure issues with the service.

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Ex-Apple director Lattner striving to make cars an 'appliance' at Tesla

Ex-Apple director Lattner striving to make cars an 'appliance' at Tesla

Now heading up Autopilot development at Tesla, former Apple director Chris Lattner says that he's hoping to "accelerate the path to cars being appliances that solve people's problems," rather than machines that require constant maintenance.

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FCC filing reveals Apple still working on Apple TV-shaped NFC, Bluetooth LE device

FCC filing reveals Apple still working on Apple TV-shaped NFC, Bluetooth LE device

A new listing on the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's regulatory database reveals Apple is still working on an unannounced product equipped with near-field technology that first surfaced in September of 2016.

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ExclusiveGot a new Mac? Protect it with AppleCare and save up to $90 before time runs out

Got a new Mac? Protect it with AppleCare and save up to $90 before time runs out

If you received a new Mac for the holidays or bought a 2016 12" MacBook on release day, now is the time to purchase an AppleCare extended protection plan before the one-year warranty expires. Adorama is slashing prices on standalone AppleCare purchases by as much as $90 — and all plans comes with free shipping and no tax outside NY and NJ.

Apple latest to settle lawsuit with e-Watch over iPhone camera technology

Apple latest to settle lawsuit with e-Watch over iPhone camera technology

Apple has reached a settlement with a San Antonio, Tex.-based firm called e-Watch, which claimed that the company was violating two U.S. patents related to cellphone cameras.

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Google Voice modernized with cleaner appearance, picture messaging, 3D Touch on iPhone

Google Voice modernized with cleaner appearance, picture messaging, 3D Touch on iPhone

Google has relaunched Google Voice, refreshing the VoIP service with an updated web experience and modernized iOS and Android apps, among other new features, in the cross-platform calling service's first significant update in over five years.

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Deals: 2016 13" MacBook Pro for $1,275; $250 off 15" MacBook Pro; $300 off 13" Touch Bar MBP w/ AppleCare

Deals: 2016 13

Matching the lowest price seen to date, shoppers can save $225 on a 2016 13" MacBook Pro with function keys. Apple's Late 2016 15" MacBook Pro is also $2,149, while a 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and AppleCare is $1,748.99 ($300 off). Plus, Pixelmator for iOS is under a buck.

Apple issues watchOS 3.1.3 and tvOS 10.1.1 maintenance updates

Apple issues watchOS 3.1.3 and tvOS 10.1.1 maintenance updates

Adding to the bevy of updates, Apple on Monday released watchOS 3.1.3 and tvOS 10.1.1, the former being Apple's first Watch update since the botched 3.1.1 code from December.

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New macOS 10.12.3 update implements MacBook Pro GPU fix, rectifies Safari battery drain

New macOS 10.12.3 update implements MacBook Pro GPU fix, rectifies Safari battery drain

In conjunction with iOS, tvOS, and watchOS updates, Apple has also released the 10.12.3 update to macOS Sierra, bringing GPU driver updates to the 2016 MacBook Pro, and a fix for PDF corruption.

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Apple releases finished iOS 10.2.1 update bringing minor fixes

Apple releases finished iOS 10.2.1 update bringing minor fixes

Wrapping up weeks of beta testing, Apple on Monday released the completed version of iOS 10.2.1, a minor update for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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TipsHow to use offline mode in Google Maps with your iPhone or iPad

How to use offline mode in Google Maps with your iPhone or iPad

One of the continuing advantages of Google Maps over Apple's native iOS Maps app is better support for going offline — something particularly important when going on vacation, traveling through rural areas, or otherwise passing through regions with weak internet access. Here's how to take advantage of those offline functions on your iPhone or iPad.

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Qualcomm financials under the gun if Apple postpones iPhone modem royalties

Qualcomm financials under the gun if Apple postpones iPhone modem royalties

Apple chip supplier Qualcomm could take a major financial hit if the former decides to withhold royalties until its $1 billion lawsuit is finished, an analyst noted on Monday.

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Ice fisher's iPhone 7 Plus survives 13-hour immersion after dunk in Russian river

Ice fisher's iPhone 7 Plus survives 13-hour immersion after dunk in Russian river

An ice fishing accident has led to an unexpected demonstration of the iPhone 7's water resistance capabilities, after an iPhone 7 Plus was retrieved from the bottom of a frozen-over river, and found to be in perfect working order.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 to miss Mobile World Congress debut in aftermath of Note 7 fires

Samsung Galaxy S8 to miss Mobile World Congress debut in aftermath of Note 7 fires

Owing to precautions set up in the wake of the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung's next rival to the Apple iPhone — the Galaxy S8 — won't be revealed at late February's Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona, the company's mobile head revealed on Monday.

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Apple Watch pop-up store in Galeries Lafayette closes, one remains in Tokyo

Apple Watch pop-up store in Galeries Lafayette closes, one remains in Tokyo

Apple has shut down a second dedicated Apple Watch gallery, with the closure of the boutique store in the Galeries Lafayette shopping center in Paris taking place weeks after a similar Apple Watch pop-up shop in London closed.

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Wistron set to help produce Apple's 2017 iPhones in India - report

Wistron set to help produce Apple's 2017 iPhones in India - report

Apple has indeed picked Wistron to be its first iPhone manufacturer in India, with plans to get the company working phones launching later this year, a report claimed on Monday — despite Apple having not yet secured a deal to set up Indian manufacturing.

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Some users finding AirPods drop phone call audio when paired with iPhone 6s

Some users finding AirPods drop phone call audio when paired with iPhone 6s

Apple is looking into claims by a number of AirPods owners that the audio accessories have connectivity issues, with the Bluetooth connection temporarily dropping during phone calls, yet not during music playback.

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Sprint buys 33 percent of Tidal, pair teaming to combat Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora

Sprint buys 33 percent of Tidal, pair teaming to combat Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora

Sprint has announced that it has forged a deal for 33 percent ownership of music streaming service Tidal, and as part of the deal, Sprint customers will receive "exclusive artist content" not available anywhere else.

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Apple and Foxconn weighing $7 billion display plant in U.S., report says

Apple and Foxconn weighing $7 billion display plant in U.S., report says

Apple's main manufacturing partner, Foxconn, is considering the possibility of a $7 billion joint investment in an automated display production facility in the U.S., the latter company's chairman said on Sunday.

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Galaxy Note 7 investigation concludes, pair of issues will cost Samsung $5 billion

Galaxy Note 7 investigation concludes, pair of issues will cost Samsung $5 billion

Samsung has concluded its investigation involving the 2016 Galaxy Note 7 fires, and has determined that two different flaws resulted in the conflagrations in the failing devices, with one creeping in after a too-quick investigation.

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