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Monday, August 31, 2015

Apple Pay transaction limit increased to 30 pounds in UK

Apple Pay transaction limit increased to 30 pounds in UK

As promised when Apple Pay launched in the UK earlier this year, iPhone and Watch owners can now make touchless payments of up to 30 pounds without entering in a PIN number or signature.

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Google promises to dramatically shrink 4K bandwidth with upcoming VP10 video codec

Google promises to dramatically shrink 4K bandwidth with upcoming VP10 video codec

Google is working on a new open-source video codec, VP10, that should shrink the amount of bandwidth required for 4K video to half that of VP9, and a quarter of Apple's current preferred compression format, H.264.

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Apple eyes move into original video programming, report says

Apple eyes move into original video programming, report says

A report citing high-ranking executives within the entertainment industry claims Apple is looking to create in-house movie or TV programming, suggesting the company is headed down a path forged by the likes of Netflix and Hulu.

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Samsung's Gear S2 smartwatch features circular face, rotating bezel control

Samsung's Gear S2 smartwatch features circular face, rotating bezel control

In its latest attempt to jumpstart lukewarm smartwatch sales, Samsung on Monday announced a new platform called Gear S2 that merges a round face made popular by Motorola's Moto 360 and a rotating bezel control reminiscent of Apple Watch's Digital Crown.

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T-Mobile cracks down on subscribers 'stealing' tethered data

T-Mobile cracks down on subscribers 'stealing' tethered data

Beginning on Monday, T-Mobile USA will start taking action against people spoofing the carrier's network to "steal" unlimited tethering data, according to a blog post by CEO John Legere.

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NFL Game Pass comes to Apple TV with updated app

NFL Game Pass comes to Apple TV with updated app

With the 2015 NFL campaign set to kick off, Apple on Monday pushed an update to the league's Apple TV app that adds access to live streaming via Game Pass alongside a new design.

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University of Oklahoma adopts Apple Pay at all campus terminals

University of Oklahoma adopts Apple Pay at all campus terminals

Starting this week the University of Oklahoma will be offering Apple Pay campus-wide, making it the first such university in the country to do so, the school announced on Monday.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook makes surprise appearance at Cisco's annual sales conference

Apple CEO Tim Cook makes surprise appearance at Cisco's annual sales conference

In the wake of Apple's newly announced enterprise partnership with Cisco, Chief Executive Tim Cook appeared onstage at Cisco's annual "GSX" Global Sales Experience in front of 20,000 employees to discuss the news.

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GT Advanced looks to slash workforce by 40% as part of bankruptcy plan

GT Advanced looks to slash workforce by 40% as part of bankruptcy plan

In order to reduce expenses when it emerges out of Chapter 11 status, former Apple sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies is looking to cut 40 percent of its remaining workforce, according to bankruptcy court documents filed on Monday.

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Apple continues enterprise push with new Cisco partnership, will optimize networks for iOS

Apple continues enterprise push with new Cisco partnership, will optimize networks for iOS

Corporate users will soon have one more reason to choose Apple's mobile devices over those from other firms, as networking behemoth Cisco is set to team up with the Cupertino company to optimize enterprise networks for iPhones, iPads, and iOS apps.

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Apple stock should return to $130 by end of 2015, says Brean Capital

Apple stock should return to $130 by end of 2015, says Brean Capital

Apple stock should bounce back to $130 by the end of the year, helped by solid iPhone sales and high profit margins, a Brean Capital research memo argued on Monday.

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Apple releases 8th developer, 6th public betas of OS X 10.11 El Capitan

Apple releases 8th developer, 6th public betas of OS X 10.11 El Capitan

Developers and members of the public who are beta testing OS X 10.11 El Capitan can now download the latest pre-release builds of the forthcoming software update on the Mac App Store.

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'KeyRaider' malware harvests 225,000 Apple IDs from jailbroken iOS devices

'KeyRaider' malware harvests 225,000 Apple IDs from jailbroken iOS devices

A new form of iOS malware making its way around the jailbreak scene has resulted in the theft of credentials linked to at least 225,000 Apple IDs, resulting in fraudulent app purchases and in some cases ransom demands.

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Google's Android Wear gains compatibility with Apple's iPhone

Google's Android Wear gains compatibility with Apple's iPhone

Google on Monday announced Android Wear for iPhone, bringing support for the search giant's wearable device platform, as well as select devices, to Apple's best selling handset.

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LG announces limited edition 23-karat gold 'Urbane Watch Luxe' smartwatch

LG announces limited edition 23-karat gold 'Urbane Watch Luxe' smartwatch

South Korean electronics firm LG on Monday unveiled an upscale addition to its Urbane smartwatch lineup, adopting a 23-karat gold case and hardware along with an alligator strap in a new $1,200 limited edition offering.

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'iPad Pro' parts shipments starting in Sept. with new display tech & suppliers - report

'iPad Pro' parts shipments starting in Sept. with new display tech & suppliers - report

Parts shipments for a 12.9-inch "iPad Pro" will likely begin in September, resulting in production of about 1 million units per month this year — but with new touchscreen technology and suppliers, according to a J.P. Morgan investor memo.

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Apple poaches lead Microsoft HoloLens audio engineer, seen as boost for augmented reality research

Apple poaches lead Microsoft HoloLens audio engineer, seen as boost for augmented reality research

The lead audio engineer for Microsoft's HoloLens augmented reality project has been hired away by Apple, fueling speculation that the iPhone maker could be working on an AR project of its own.

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Latest Apple Music ads debut during MTV VMAs, feature The Weeknd & playlists

Latest Apple Music ads debut during MTV VMAs, feature The Weeknd & playlists

Taking advantage of a traditionally large and young viewing audience, Apple during Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards debuted two Apple Music commercials featuring The Weeknd and a guest appearance by John Travolta.

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

FeatureComparison: Apple Music vs. Google Play Music All Access

Comparison: Apple Music vs. Google Play Music All Access

Google debuted its own streaming service in 2013 as Google Play Music All Access, after Google Play music's initial debut in 2011. All Access was initially priced at $9.99, but in June of 2015, Google unsurprisingly unveiled an ad-supported, free version to differentiate itself from Apple's subscription Music service.

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Tidal accuses Apple of interfering with Drake live stream, Drake denies

Tidal accuses Apple of interfering with Drake live stream, Drake denies

Jay Z-backed music service Tidal — which carried a live stream of Lil Wayne's Hurricane Katrina benefit show this weekend— cut the transmission during Drake's performance and accused Apple of "interfering with artistry" by not allowing the set to be streamed, a charge which has been refuted.

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Exclusive9 Hours Left: Gold 12" MacBook for $1,129.99 ($170 off), Loaded 13" MacBook Air for $1,249 ($500 off), Loaded 15" MacBook Pro for $1,899 ($600 off)

9 Hours Left: Gold 12

This week we have one more last minute back-to-school deal: the lowest price ever on Apple's new Gold 12" MacBook (1.1GHz/8GB/256GB) at $1,129.99 ($170 instant savings) plus a free 3-piece USB-C early adopter accessories kit, free software, free shipping, and no sales tax collected in 48 states.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

This week on AppleInsider: Sept. 9 event confirmed, Tim Cook on China, Apple TV rumors & more

This week on AppleInsider: Sept. 9 event confirmed, Tim Cook on China, Apple TV rumors & more

Apple this week confirmed a Sept. 9 press event, even as last-minute rumors about it continued to flow. The company simultaneously dealt with economic tumult, as well as losing one of its key Apple Music executives.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Judge bars Apple, Samsung from further filings after rapid-fire case entries

Judge bars Apple, Samsung from further filings after rapid-fire case entries

A federal judge presiding over the Apple v. Samsung patent trial laid down the law this week, prohibiting either party from filing without permission after being inundated by a series of motions, objections and letters.

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ExclusiveJohns Hopkins taps Apple Watch, ResearchKit for upcoming epilepsy study with eye on seizure prediction

Johns Hopkins taps Apple Watch, ResearchKit for upcoming epilepsy study with eye on seizure prediction

Johns Hopkins University, in partnership with developer Thread Research, plans to harness Apple Watch and iPhone sensors to power an ambitious ResearchKit study on epilepsy that could one day lead to an accurate method of predicting seizures.

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Currys/PC World could be first major third-party retailer to carry Apple Watch in UK

Currys/PC World could be first major third-party retailer to carry Apple Watch in UK

Electronics vendor Currys — in some places branded as Currys/PC World — may be the first third-party retail chain to sell the Apple Watch in the U.K., a report indicated on Friday.

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Pulled Huawei Watch listing may back claims of Android Wear coming to iOS

Pulled Huawei Watch listing may back claims of Android Wear coming to iOS

A deleted Amazon page for the upcoming Huawei Watch may add to evidence that Google is planning to make the Android Wear platform compatible with iOS devices.

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New, polished Apple TV interface said to 'blow away' existing smart TVs

New, polished Apple TV interface said to 'blow away' existing smart TVs

The launch of new Apple TV hardware may have been delayed from WWDC to Apple's Sept. 9 event to allow the company more time to polish its interface, one that will allegedly "blow away" current, "junky" smart TV interfaces.

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Apple, 161 other organizations lend aid to Pentagon on flexible electronics

Apple, 161 other organizations lend aid to Pentagon on flexible electronics

Apple has reportedly joined the FlexTech Alliance, a collection of 162 organizations working with the Pentagon on flexible sensor electronics capable of being worn by soldiers, or molded to the outside of vehicles.

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Apple streaming TV service negotiations remain divided over $40-per-month pricing - report

Apple streaming TV service negotiations remain divided over $40-per-month pricing - report

Though new Apple TV hardware is expected to appear at an upcoming Sept. 9 event, Apple's long-awaited subscription television service is reaffirmed to remain on hold, thanks to ongoing negotiations with content owners.

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Samsung offers 'Test Drive' participants cash, Google Play credit for switching from iPhone

Samsung offers 'Test Drive' participants cash, Google Play credit for switching from iPhone

People participating in Samsung's "Ultimate Test Drive" program — allowing iPhone owners to try a Galaxy S6, S6 Edge+, or Galaxy Note 5 for 30 days — are being offered up to $200 in perks if they actually switch.

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Apple Music director Ian Rogers makes surprise departure for new job

Apple Music director Ian Rogers makes surprise departure for new job

One of the core Beats executives Apple acquired in its 2014 $3 billion takeover, Ian Rogers, has already left the company to pursue other ventures outside of the music streaming business, a report revealed on Friday.

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Purported 'iPhone 6s' box suggests Apple will keep entry-level capacity at 16GB

Purported 'iPhone 6s' box suggests Apple will keep entry-level capacity at 16GB

A sticker claimed to be for the packaging for Apple's anticipated "iPhone 6s" shows a 16-gigabyte capacity, suggesting that Apple will stick with that memory level for its entry-level model.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast analyzes what to expect at Apple's Sept. 9 event, Wall Street, 'Apple Car,' more

AppleInsider podcast analyzes what to expect at Apple's Sept. 9 event, Wall Street, 'Apple Car,' more

With Apple's Sept. 9 keynote now official, the AppleInsider podcast explains everything you need to know ahead of the event, where new iPhones and a revamped Apple TV are expected. Plus, we tackle Apple's recent losses on Wall Street, the latest "Apple Car" rumors, Shane reviews some tools for digital nomads, and Mikey and Neil share their experiences with the iOS-connected Coin digital credit card.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Google offers 'short term fix' to help ad publishers bypass Apple's iOS 9 security protocol

Google offers 'short term fix' to help ad publishers bypass Apple's iOS 9 security protocol

Google on Thursday informed developers of a five-line bit of code crafted to sidestep Apple's upcoming App Transport Security encryption feature in iOS 9 by creating HTTPS exceptions, which could in some cases block mobile ads from appearing.

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Apple's customer service suffers in Q2, study says

Apple's customer service suffers in Q2, study says

A study from market research firm StellaService published this week seemingly reveals a rapid decline in Apple's customer service capabilities, from a slight slip in shipping fulfillment to longer wait times for online and phone support.

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September iPhone event marks return of live stream for Windows users

September iPhone event marks return of live stream for Windows users

Next month's iPhone event will mark the first time in recent history that Windows users will be able to officially live-stream an Apple presentation, the company quietly revealed on Thursday through the event's website.

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Square launches Appointments iPhone app for booking, managing clients

Square launches Appointments iPhone app for booking, managing clients

Mobile payment firm Square on Thursday launched Square Appointments, a combination service and iPhone app for businesses dependent on client bookings.

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Instagram loosens limits, enables portrait, landscape modes for photo & video

Instagram loosens limits, enables portrait, landscape modes for photo & video

Facebook on Thursday released an update to its Instagram apps for iOS and Android, opening up the media-sharing service to posts in landscape and portrait ratios.

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PayAnywhere to launch Apple Pay-compatible card reader at Apple Stores

PayAnywhere to launch Apple Pay-compatible card reader at Apple Stores

A company called PayAnywhere is preparing to launch a self-named card reader that could help bring Apple Pay support to small businesses, which have so far mostly foregone the technology.

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