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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Apple updates Logic Pro X with minor improvements, fixes for erratic region behavior

Apple updates Logic Pro X with minor improvements, fixes for erratic region behavior

Apple on Tuesday released a new version of its digital audio workstation, Logic Pro X, making some minor feature additions while simultaneously solving two glitches with regions.

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Samsung reportedly plans to refurbish, resell Note 7 in emerging markets

Samsung reportedly plans to refurbish, resell Note 7 in emerging markets

Samsung is planning to sell refurbished units of the Galaxy Note 7 with smaller batteries in emerging markets, according to a South Korean report, in an attempt to mitigate some of the costs incurred as part of the electronic giant's battery-related smartphone recall.

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Third public betas of iOS 10.3, macOS 10.12.4 arrive from Apple

Third public betas of iOS 10.3, macOS 10.12.4 arrive from Apple

A day after developers were issued fresh pre-release beta builds of all four of Apple's major platforms, new public betas of iOS 10.3 and macOS 10.12.4 are also available to download.

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Verizon agrees to buy core of Yahoo for reduced $4.48B price tag following hacks

Verizon agrees to buy core of Yahoo for reduced $4.48B price tag following hacks

Verizon on Tuesday announced a deal to buy the core business of Yahoo for $4.48 billion — managing to secure a $350 million discount it was pursuing because of two major security breaches, the last of which affected over 1 billion accounts.

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ExclusiveDeals: 13" MacBook Pro in Gray for $1,329; 15" MacBook Pro (Apple refurb) for $1,399; 13" Touch Bar MBP $1,649; 2TB G-Drive Pro $239

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For one week only, AI readers can pick up a 13" MacBook Pro with function keys for $1,329 ($170 off) at B&H with no tax collected outside NY and NJ. Today is also the last day to snap up a 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar for $1,649. Plus, Apple refurbished 15" MacBook Pros are $1,399.99 with no tax outside NY, and a 2TB G-Drive Pro with Thunderbolt is $160 off.

As legal spat with Apple continues, Qualcomm teases ultra-fast 1.2Gbps LTE mobile chips

As legal spat with Apple continues, Qualcomm teases ultra-fast 1.2Gbps LTE mobile chips

Apple supplier Qualcomm on Tuesday revealed a new LTE modem, the Snapdragon X20, which could push the limits of the cellular technology and theoretically appear in a 2018 iPhone —if the chipmaker and Apple can get along.

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Apple plans $51M expansion of Reno iCloud data center, codenamed 'Project Isabel'

Apple plans $51M expansion of Reno iCloud data center, codenamed 'Project Isabel'

Apple's data center operations in Reno, Nev., continue to expand, with the company now pursuing an additional 375,000 square feet of space to power its iCloud services, AppleInsider has learned.

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News agencies ask court to force FBI to reveal cost, source of San Bernardino iPhone hack

News agencies ask court to force FBI to reveal cost, source of San Bernardino iPhone hack

The U.S. government should be forced to reveal how much the FBI paid for tools to unlock an iPhone at the center of the San Bernardino shooting investigation, three major news organizations insisted to a judge on Monday.

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Apple rumored to eliminate 32GB tier with 'iPhone 8,' with capacity starting at 64GB

Apple rumored to eliminate 32GB tier with 'iPhone 8,' with capacity starting at 64GB

While not much has been said up until now about Apple's possible intentions for user storage on the "iPhone 8," a new report claims that the high-end device will have at least 64 gigabytes of flash storage, with a second configuration boasting 256 gigabytes.

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Apple's 'iPhone 8' may not use curved OLED due to production problems

Apple's 'iPhone 8' may not use curved OLED due to production problems

Although Apple's upcoming "iPhone 8" is expected to offer a 5.15-inch AMOLED screen with a 2K resolution, the company is dropping plans to make it curved because of problems discovered in testing, a research firm said on Tuesday.

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Apple seen switching to glass-film touch tech this year for Apple Watch Series 3

Apple seen switching to glass-film touch tech this year for Apple Watch Series 3

For the next Apple Watch, Apple is likely to switch from touch-on-lens technology to a glass-film option, in the process changing up suppliers for its touch technology, a report claimed on Tuesday.

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Wireless charging likely coming to Apple's 'iPhone 8,' but not Energous's long-range solution

Wireless charging likely coming to Apple's 'iPhone 8,' but not Energous's long-range solution

A new report sheds some doubt on Apple's "iPhone 8" including Energous wireless charging at-range technology, and suggests that it will either use the Qi or the Airfuel protocols.

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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.

'iPhone 8' to include game changing 3D facial recognition tech in FaceTime camera

'iPhone 8' to include game changing 3D facial recognition tech in FaceTime camera

In addition to being a complete redesign of the iconic handset, Apple's anticipated "iPhone 8" will reportedly bring key technical upgrades to the platform, including a "revolutionary" front facing 3D camera system that can be used for a variety of applications, from biometric authentication to games.

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EditorialEditorial: Uncertainties of a dysfunctional American government likely to hurt Apple's performance

Editorial: Uncertainties of a dysfunctional American government likely to hurt Apple's performance

Shares of Apple are currently trading at an all time high, in a bull market rally that recently-elected U.S. President Trump has frequently taken credit for. However, stock market gains—including Apple's—appear to be driven primarily by favorable earnings reports from the December quarter. The economic future of Apple — and the U.S. overall — is less certain, given risks related to infrastructure investment, taxes, currency valuations, immigration restrictions and travel bans under the new administration.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Apple's 12.9-inch iPad Pro out of stock as refresh looms

Apple's 12.9-inch iPad Pro out of stock as refresh looms

Amidst rumors claiming Apple plans to refresh its iPad line at a special event in March, the company and its reseller network are seeing stockouts of all 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, with both online and brick-and-mortar stores showing availability estimates pushed back by 2 to 3 weeks.

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Apple shares four new 'One Night' ads focusing on iPhone 7 low-light photography [u]

Apple shares four new 'One Night' ads focusing on iPhone 7 low-light photography [u]

Apple on Monday shared a series of four short commercial spots featuring the low-light photo capture capabilities of iPhone 7, with the ads taking viewers on a trip through a sampling of nighttime scenes, from New York to Johannesburg.

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Apple updates German and Italian Apple Pay support pages ahead of rumored launch

Apple updates German and Italian Apple Pay support pages ahead of rumored launch

Apple recently added complete translations and custom explainer graphics to Apple Pay support documents on its regional websites in German and Italy, suggesting the payments service might soon launch in those countries.

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Apple files 14-point appeal against European Commission's $14 billion tax edict

Apple files 14-point appeal against European Commission's $14 billion tax edict

Apple has filed its appeal with the European court of appeals, all declaring that the European Commission's decision to levy $14 billion in taxes on Apple on behalf of the EU is erroneous, against the rule of law, and should be stricken.

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TipsHow to disable word predictions on the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

How to disable word predictions on the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

Students who own Apple's new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar may not be able to use its dynamic function row in public examinations as industry officials believe its integrated predictive text feature and other capabilities could give them an unfair advantage. Here's how to disable it.

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macOS Sierra 10.12.4 third developer's beta now available

macOS Sierra 10.12.4 third developer's beta now available

In addition to betas for iOS, tvOS, and watchOS, Apple on Monday also deployed its third developer-centric beta of macOS 10.12.4 with Night Shift, and other bug fixes.

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As Apple explores truly wireless iPhone charging, Disney Research demos cord-free room concept

As Apple explores truly wireless iPhone charging, Disney Research demos cord-free room concept

Disney Research has showcased an automatic, unaided charging platform that would enable purpose-built structures — such as cabinets, rooms or even entire warehouses — to generate and deliver power to mobile receivers in close proximity.

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Apple unlikely to develop an Echo-like standalone Siri speaker - report

Apple unlikely to develop an Echo-like standalone Siri speaker - report

Apple doesn't appear interested in developing a standalone Amazon Echo-like speaker utilizing Siri, as the company's vision is instead linked to devices like the iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods.

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Apple releases third beta of iOS 10.3 with 'Find my AirPods,' tvOS 10.2, watchOS 3.2 for developers

Apple releases third beta of iOS 10.3 with 'Find my AirPods,' tvOS 10.2, watchOS 3.2 for developers

Nearly two weeks since the last release, Apple has made available the third betas of iOS 10.3, watchOS 3.2, and tvOS 10.2 available to developers.

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Irish government spent $467,000 on report defending Apple's tax arrangements

Irish government spent $467,000 on report defending Apple's tax arrangements

The Irish government spent more than 440,000 euros ($467,000) on a report to defend the tax arrangements between the country and Apple, amid ongoing scrutiny from the European Union.

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ExclusiveApple Deals: 13" Touch Bar MacBook Pro for $1,649; 15" MacBook Pro (Apple refurb) for $1,399; $180 off 32GB 9.7" iPad Pro (Wi-Fi + LTE)

Apple Deals: 13

Shoppers have hours left to save $150 on Apple's 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar in Space Gray at B&H. Or save $600 on an Apple refurbished 15" MacBook Pro (Mid 2015). Apple's 32GB 9.7" iPad Pro (Wi-Fi + Cellular) is also $549 in Rose Gold.

Snapchat begins online sales of iPhone-connected Spectacles

Snapchat begins online sales of iPhone-connected Spectacles

Snap on Monday launched online sales of the Spectacles, its iPhone- and Android-connected smartglasses, finally expanding beyond its rare vending machines and a pop-up store located in New York City.

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Apple places 5th on corporate reputation poll, Samsung drops 42 spots

Apple places 5th on corporate reputation poll, Samsung drops 42 spots

Apple is the fifth most reputable company in the United States, with the results of an annual poll into the public perception of a company putting the iPhone producer ahead of Disney, Google, Tesla, and Netflix in the rankings.

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Rumor: Apple to launch 'iPad Pro 2,' red iPhone 7, 128GB iPhone SE at March event

Rumor: Apple to launch 'iPad Pro 2,' red iPhone 7, 128GB iPhone SE at March event

In addition to new iPads, Apple is also expected to unveil a high-capacity 128-gigabyte iPhone SE — as well as a potential (Product)Red iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus — at a media event in March, a new report claims.

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Apple-issued developer certificate expires, causing crashes in 1Password and other apps

Apple-issued developer certificate expires, causing crashes in 1Password and other apps

The consequences of an Apple-issued security certificate expiration combined with a change made by Apple, is leading to some apps purchased outside the app store like 1Password, PDFpen, and Soulver for Mac to require reinstallation with a new version before coming back to life — but the issue may have lasting consequences for some software.

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Apple changes up ad strategy to focus on digital and regional campaigns

Apple changes up ad strategy to focus on digital and regional campaigns

Apple's long-time ad partner, TBWA\Media Arts Lab, is "reorganizing and introducing a new operating model" in order to accommodate its client's new focus on digital and regional campaigns, according to a spokesperson for the agency.

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Apple reportedly snaps up Israeli facial recognition company RealFace for $2 million

Apple reportedly snaps up Israeli facial recognition company RealFace for $2 million

Adding weight to the rumors circulating about a future iPhone boasting facial recognition, reports claim that Apple has purchased RealFace — a machine learning company specializing in the technology.

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TipsUse Workflow 1.7 for iPhone to quickly save notes and images

Use Workflow 1.7 for iPhone to quickly save notes and images

The latest update to automation app Workflow 1.7 latest update makes it simpler to get started and better to streamline multi-app user processes. AppleInsider walks you through setting up your first workflow, and tailoring it specifically to what you need.

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Apple's iPhone drops to fifth place in Chinese smartphone market

Apple's iPhone drops to fifth place in Chinese smartphone market

Apple continued to struggle for ground in China during the December quarter, ceding fourth place in the country's smartphone market under pressure from local brands like Huawei and Xiaomi, according to new research data.

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The best Warhammer 40,000 games for the iPhone and iPad

The best Warhammer 40,000 games for the iPhone and iPad

There are dozens of Warhammer 40,000 games available for iOS, but which are the must-plays? AppleInsider examines them, and purges the heretical ones.

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Review: Nintendo's Fire Emblem Heroes for iPhone is short on plot, long on tactics

Review: Nintendo's Fire Emblem Heroes for iPhone is short on plot, long on tactics

The 27-year-old "Fire Emblem" series' latest entry was released earlier in February on iOS — AppleInsider fights the forces of evil in "Fire Emblem Heroes."

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FeatureAirPods vs. Powerbeats3: Which Apple W1 headphones are better for working out and exercising?

AirPods vs. Powerbeats3: Which Apple W1 headphones are better for working out and exercising?

Apple now has four pairs of headphones on the market with its proprietary W1 wireless chip, allowing for simpler Bluetooth pairing and better connectivity. But only two of those headphones are really well suited for workouts: Apple's AirPods and the Powerbeats3. AppleInsider helps you decide which pair is right for you.

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This week on AI: WWDC 2017, virtual buttons on 'iPhone 8,' BeatsX review & more

This week on AI: WWDC 2017, virtual buttons on 'iPhone 8,' BeatsX review & more

Apple announced the dates for this year's Worldwide Developers Conference, set to return to San Jose for the first time in well over a decade. Meanwhile, yet more hints about Apple's iPhone plans emerged, including a claim that the OLED iPhone will replace the home button with a virtual "function area."

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Apple partnering with Broadcom on custom wireless charging chip for future iPhone

Apple partnering with Broadcom on custom wireless charging chip for future iPhone

Apple is thought to be working with chipmaker Broadcom on a custom designed wireless charging system destined for the company's iPhone product line, though the silicon might not be ripe for inclusion in this year's "iPhone 8" model.

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