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Thursday, May 05, 2016

LAPD cracks iPhone 5S in murder case, but it probably wasn't encrypted

LAPD cracks iPhone 5S in murder case, but it probably wasn't encrypted

An iPhone 5S being held as evidence in the investigation of a 2014 murder has reportedly been unlocked by the Los Angeles Police Department, though the timing of the crime suggests that the phone in question may not have been protected by encryption.

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Search glitches hit iOS and Mac App Stores, concealing major apps

Search glitches hit iOS and Mac App Stores, concealing major apps

The iOS and Mac App Stores are failing to show important apps in search results, or are even showing iPhone apps in iPad-only search results, according to complaints seen on Twitter and received by AppleInsider.

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Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Ex-Siri team to unveil 'Viv' virtual assistant next week in quest for ubiquitous AI

Ex-Siri team to unveil 'Viv' virtual assistant next week in quest for ubiquitous AI

After years of development, Siri co-creators and former Apple employees Dag Kittlaus and Adam Cheyer are ready to demonstrate "Viv," an advanced virtual assistant that could reinvent the way consumers interact with their devices.

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Apple, others urge presidential candidates to support Trans-Pacific Partnership, address government snooping

Apple, others urge presidential candidates to support Trans-Pacific Partnership, address government snooping

Apple and a cadre of Silicon Valley heavyweights have plans to issue a nonpartisan letter urging the next U.S. president to back the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, a policy that would make hiring foreign workers a low friction process.

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Apple says all apps must support IPv6-only networking by June

Apple says all apps must support IPv6-only networking by June

Apple in an announcement Wednesday reminded developers of an upcoming change to App Store policy that requires all iOS apps include support for IPv6-only networking.

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Sight unseen, consumers are more excited about Apple's 'iPhone 7' than they were for iPhone 6s

Sight unseen, consumers are more excited about Apple's 'iPhone 7' than they were for iPhone 6s

A new survey of prospective smartphone owners signals customers are more excited to see what Apple has in store for this year's "iPhone 7" than they were last year's iPhone 6s unveiling, though early interest for the 2016 upgrade is still behind hype for the iPhone 6 two years ago.

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YouTube said to be planning 'Unplugged' live TV as soon as 2017

YouTube said to be planning 'Unplugged' live TV as soon as 2017

Though best known for user-uploaded videos, Google's YouTube is nevertheless planning to launch a live TV subscription service dubbed "Unplugged," a report said on Wednesday.

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Twitter for Mac catches up with iOS & Web via Moments, polls & more

Twitter for Mac catches up with iOS & Web via Moments, polls & more

Twitter released an important update to its official Mac client on Wednesday, finally bringing the software's features closer to par with iOS and the Web.

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Apple Music UI to go grayscale, add better support for lyrics - report

Apple Music UI to go grayscale, add better support for lyrics - report

Apple is said to be working on a vast overhaul of its up-and-coming music streaming service, one that will reportedly include a new monochromatic user interface and a streamlined experience for users who prefer to read lyrics.

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Hulu confirms plans to launch live TV streaming in 2017

Hulu confirms plans to launch live TV streaming in 2017

Just two days after the first rumors surfaced, Hulu on Wednesday confirmed that it will be launching a live TV streaming service sometime in 2017, creating a tougher competitive landscape for anything Apple might have planned.

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Kohl's becomes first Apple Pay retailer to link rewards, store cards in one transaction

Kohl's becomes first Apple Pay retailer to link rewards, store cards in one transaction

Department store chain Kohl's on Wednesday announced that Apple Pay users can now pay with a Kohl's Charge card and earn Yes2You Rewards points at the same, making it the first Apple Pay retailer to combine store card payments and rewards in a single-tap transaction.

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Fitness bands outselling all other wearables, including Apple Watch, research finds

Fitness bands outselling all other wearables, including Apple Watch, research finds

Despite devices like the Apple Watch nominally being able to do more, dedicated fitness bands are vastly outselling other wearables in the U.S., according to a research report published on Wednesday.

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Hedge fund manager David Einhorn staying in Apple, sees 'tremendous value'

Hedge fund manager David Einhorn staying in Apple, sees 'tremendous value'

Infamous hedge fund manager David Einhorn, who has previously butted heads with Apple, remains bullish on the iPhone maker despite its recent market plunge, giving the company a vote of confidence during a recent conference call.

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'Intentional' culture clash between Apple, Beats causes friction, aims to 'create something groundbreaking'

'Intentional' culture clash between Apple, Beats causes friction, aims to 'create something groundbreaking'

The $3 billion acquisition of Beats sparked a culture clash between the headphone maker and Apple, but the conflict was apparently an intentional attempt to shake things up in Apple's music business, according to a new report.

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Apple Music to get more intuitive UI, expanded Beats 1 radio, 'marketing blitz' at WWDC

Apple Music to get more intuitive UI, expanded Beats 1 radio, 'marketing blitz' at WWDC

A year after its debut, Apple's $10-per-month music streaming service is reportedly set for a major overhaul at the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, including a shakeup to its user interface aimed at making it easier to use.

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Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Apple's iPhone is most influential gadget ever, says TIME

Apple's iPhone is most influential gadget ever, says TIME

TIME Magazine named Apple's iPhone the most influential gadget of all time in a list published Tuesday, which included a variety of tech products from the likes of Sony, IBM, HP and other big-name players.

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Tim Cook talks Apple ethos, government issues, role models and more

Tim Cook talks Apple ethos, government issues, role models and more

In the second and final segment of a rare one-on-one interview with CNBC's Jim Cramer, Apple CEO Tim Cook discussed his company's core tenets, the recent debate over encryption, his personal legacy and more.

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Jony Ive explains Apple's interest in wearables, design philosophy at Met Gala 2016

Jony Ive explains Apple's interest in wearables, design philosophy at Met Gala 2016

In an interview published on Tuesday, Apple CDO Jony Ive offered his take on the recent Apple-sponsored Met Gala, the intersection of fashion and design, Apple Watch, wearables and more.

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Apple hires Google X lab cofounder, former Nest head of technology to work on health projects

Apple hires Google X lab cofounder, former Nest head of technology to work on health projects

Apple recently expanded its health technology team in a big way with the hire of Yoky Matsuoka, a robotics expert who co-founded Google's experimental X labs and most recently served as head of technology at Nest.

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Judge overturns Brazilian WhatsApp shutdown in continuing fight over encrypted data

Judge overturns Brazilian WhatsApp shutdown in continuing fight over encrypted data

On Tuesday a Brazilian judge lifted a temporary block on Facebook's WhatsApp Messenger, imposed yesterday by another judge in a fight over chat data demanded in a drug trafficking case.

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Apple loses exclusive rights to 'iPhone' trademark for non-smartphone products in China

Apple loses exclusive rights to 'iPhone' trademark for non-smartphone products in China

Adding to the company's problems in the region, Apple has lost exclusivity on the use of the "iPhone" trademark in China, and must now share it with Beijing-based leather products maker Xintong Tiandi Technology, reports said on Tuesday.

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Apple revenue from China forecast to fall 15% this year due to marketwide smartphone slowdown

Apple revenue from China forecast to fall 15% this year due to marketwide smartphone slowdown

Apple's revenue from China plummeted 26 percent year over year last quarter, and is projected by Sterne Agee CRT to fall 15 percent in fiscal year 2016, as the entire smartphone market faces struggles in that market.

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Apple releases fourth betas of iOS 9.3.2, OS X 10.11.5 to developers, public testers [u]

Apple releases fourth betas of iOS 9.3.2, OS X 10.11.5 to developers, public testers [u]

Apple on Tuesday issued the fourth pre-release beta builds of iOS 9.3.2, OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 and tvOS 9.2.1, giving developers the ability to test the software before its official launch. Public beta testers also got their hands on the latest builds of iOS and OS X [updated].

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Apple Pay picks up over 20 more US banks including Texas' Moody National

Apple Pay picks up over 20 more US banks including Texas' Moody National

Apple on Tuesday updated the roster of U.S. banks supporting Apple Pay with 26 new entries, such as Moody National Bank, one of the biggest headquartered in Texas with branches in Houston, Galveston, and Austin.

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Fiat Chrysler, Google partnering on self-driving prototypes based on Pacifica minivan

Fiat Chrysler, Google partnering on self-driving prototypes based on Pacifica minivan

Google and Fiat Chrysler are on the verge of signing their rumored partnership on self-driving technology, which should begin with several dozen Pacifica minivans being equipped as prototypes, a report said on Tuesday.

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Deals: Grab the lowest prices on Apple's latest iMacs with AppleCare (up to $250 off) with exclusive coupons

Deals: Grab the lowest prices on Apple's latest iMacs with AppleCare (up to $250 off) with exclusive coupons

AI readers can use exclusive coupons this week to grab the lowest prices anywhere on all of Apple's latest iMacs with AppleCare, including the new iMac HD, iMac 4K and Late 2015 iMac with 5K Retina display. Save up to $250 instantly, with no tax in most states. Plus a free Canon AIO Photo printer with each 4K and 5K.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Killer Deals: Apple's 12" MacBooks for $999, 13" MacBook Airs for $799

Killer Deals: Apple's 12

Matching the lowest prices we've ever seen, readers this week can save $300 instantly and grab one of Apple's remaining early 2015 12" MacBooks for just $999 with free shipping and no sales tax for customers outside NY. Or grab a remaining 2015 13" MacBook Air for $799.

Dish Network ventures from satellite TV to iPhone repair with new fixit service

Dish Network ventures from satellite TV to iPhone repair with new fixit service

In a surprise move, Dish — known for its satellite television business — on Tuesday announced an iPhone repair service, allowing people in the U.S. to have a technician come out to their location and fix their phone's screen or battery.

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Apple Pay gets support for prepaid cards with Boon - only in the UK

Apple Pay gets support for prepaid cards with Boon - only in the UK

If you're an iPhone owner in the UK and your bank has yet to climb aboard the Apple Pay train — or you don't have a compatible credit or debit card — you now have a new prepaid option thanks to the UK launch of Wirecard's Boon mobile payment app with Apple Pay.

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Indian government turns down Apple request to import used iPhones for sale, report says

Indian government turns down Apple request to import used iPhones for sale, report says

The Indian government has reportedly denied Apple's application to import and sell refurbished iPhones, in a step that may hinder the company's ability to gain traction in the cost-sensitive local smartphone market.

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Apple reportedly increases iPhone SE chip orders amid greater-than-expected demand

Apple reportedly increases iPhone SE chip orders amid greater-than-expected demand

A new supply chain rumor claims that Apple has increased orders for its new low-end iPhone SE, and plans to build more than 5 million units this quarter alone, as the company continues to struggle to keep up with demand for the 4-inch handset.

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Alleged 'iPhone 7' cable suggests Apple could include 3.5mm headphone jack after all

Alleged 'iPhone 7' cable suggests Apple could include 3.5mm headphone jack after all

Despite a plethora of rumors and alleged design leaks suggesting Apple's next iPhone won't include a legacy headphone jack, a new part from China claimed to be for the "iPhone 7" depicts space for a 3.5-millimeter input.

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Apple patent hints next-gen Apple Pencil to sport swappable nibs, Touch ID, 'eraser' & more

Apple patent hints next-gen Apple Pencil to sport swappable nibs, Touch ID, 'eraser' & more

A years-old Apple patent filing might yield clues as to the company's future plans for Apple Pencil, as the document includes never before seen features like interchangeable multifunction nibs with built-in sensors.

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Fitbit CEO says Apple Watch 'wrong way' to approach wearables

Fitbit CEO says Apple Watch 'wrong way' to approach wearables

James Park, chief executive at Fitbit, in an interview published Monday described how his company was able to withstand what many viewed as direct competition from Apple in 2015, saying the Cupertino tech giant took a wrong turn with Apple Watch.

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Monday, May 02, 2016

Apple stock posts longest losing streak in 18 years

Apple stock posts longest losing streak in 18 years

In the aftermath of Apple's disappointing earnings report that brought news of a slowdown in worldwide iPhone sales, the company's stock price dropped for the eighth consecutive day on Monday, a losing streak not seen since 1998.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook calls doom and gloom 'huge overreaction,' turns sights to India

Apple CEO Tim Cook calls doom and gloom 'huge overreaction,' turns sights to India

In an exclusive one-on-one interview with CNBC's Jim Cramer on Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook said concerns that the company's best days are behind it are overblown, citing optimism in China and areas of huge growth potential like India.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook to appear on CNBC's 'Mad Money' Monday night

Apple CEO Tim Cook to appear on CNBC's 'Mad Money' Monday night

In a rare TV appearance, Apple CEO Tim Cook will take part in an interview on Monday night's episode of Mad Money with Jim Cramer on CNBC, scheduled for 6 p.m. Eastern.

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Brazilian judge orders WhatsApp blocked for 72 hours over encryption row

Brazilian judge orders WhatsApp blocked for 72 hours over encryption row

As of Monday afternoon, WhatsApp Messenger will be blocked in Brazil for 72 hours over a dispute about access to encrypted data, according to reports.

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Apple's Mac reaches 9.2% share on the web as Windows PC use sinks to new low

Apple's Mac reaches 9.2% share on the web as Windows PC use sinks to new low

New data from Net Applications shows that Apple's installed base of Mac users now account for 9.2 percent of the conventional PCs used online, as Microsoft's Windows platform falls to a new low among online users.

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