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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Nokia debuts Ozo 360-degree VR camera for professional filmmakers

Nokia debuts Ozo 360-degree VR camera for professional filmmakers

The pupa that is Nokia — the portion not gobbled up by Microsoft last year — emerged from its cocoon on Tuesday bearing a high-end 360-degree camera called Ozo, a product targeting the nascent virtual reality content creation industry.

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24 Hour Deal: $500 off Apple's mid-2014 13" MacBook Pro (3.0GHz, 8GB, 512GB); $200 off iMac 5Ks

24 Hour Deal: $500 off Apple's mid-2014 13

For the next 24 hours, B&H has Apple's mid-2014 13" MacBook Pro (3.0GHz, 8GB, 512GB) for $1,499 ($500 off), plus $500 off two 15" MacBook Pros, $200 off both of Apple's current iMac 5K configurations, and $480 off unlocked 128GB iPad Airs.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Intel and Micron's new '3D XPoint' memory is 1000x faster, more durable than NAND

Intel and Micron's new '3D XPoint' memory is 1000x faster, more durable than NAND

Semiconductor technology giants Intel and Micron on Tuesday announced 3D XPoint memory, the fruits of a joint endeavor into non-volatile memory technology the companies claim is the first major breakthrough in the space since the introduction of NAND flash in 1989.

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Livescribe debuts note-taking, audio-recording Echo Smartpen 8GB Pro Edition

Livescribe debuts note-taking, audio-recording Echo Smartpen 8GB Pro Edition

Livescribe on Tuesday added a new model to its digital writing tool lineup in the Echo Smartpen 8GB Pro Edition, an all-in-one system for digitizing handwritten notes, synchronizing recorded audio and transferring it all to Mac for review and sharing.

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Apple's Beats by Dre support team debuts native Twitter videos

Apple's Beats by Dre support team debuts native Twitter videos

On Monday, Apple's Beats by Dre began publishing product instruction videos directly to its customer support Twitter account, inserting brand awareness and outreach options directly into users' chosen social media streams.

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Yahoo expected to launch messaging app at New York City press event

Yahoo expected to launch messaging app at New York City press event

Yahoo is planning to hold a mid-week press event in New York City, where it will probably announce a new messaging app, according to claims made on Tuesday.

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'Stagefright' vulnerability compromises Android phones with 1 text message, may affect 950M devices

'Stagefright' vulnerability compromises Android phones with 1 text message, may affect 950M devices

A newly discovered security issue in the Android mobile operating system dubbed "Stagefright" has been called one of the worst vulnerabilities to date, and could present a critical issue for some 95 percent of devices in users' hands.

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T-Mobile adds Apple Music to list of streaming services for cap-free Music Freedom

T-Mobile adds Apple Music to list of streaming services for cap-free Music Freedom

T-Mobile U.S. on Tuesday added Apple Music to the list of streaming services under Music Freedom, a perk for carrier subscribers that excludes those services from counting against monthly data caps.

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Motorola unveils larger Moto X Style and Moto X Play phones, updates Moto G

Motorola unveils larger Moto X Style and Moto X Play phones, updates Moto G

Motorola on Thursday announced three new Android smartphones, including the flagship Moto X Style, a device that will compete head-on with Apple iPhones expected to launch this fall.

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FeatureInside iOS 9: Notification Center streamlined with app alerts sorted by date, Apple Watch battery widget, new iPad view

Inside iOS 9: Notification Center streamlined with app alerts sorted by date, Apple Watch battery widget, new iPad view

A number of small but significant tweaks to the Notification Center in iOS 9 have made Apple's catch-all drop down menu more useful and efficient, including an easier way to remove all app notifications on a daily basis.

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UK banks HSBC, First Direct go live with promised Apple Pay support

UK banks HSBC, First Direct go live with promised Apple Pay support

U.K. bank HSBC and its First Direct brand enabled support for Apple Pay on Tuesday, delivering on an earlier promise and filling in an important coverage gap in the region.

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Aaron Sorkin's 'Steve Jobs' selected as Centerpiece of New York Film Festival

Aaron Sorkin's 'Steve Jobs' selected as Centerpiece of New York Film Festival

The highly anticipated biopic of Apple cofounder Steve Jobs, with Michael Fassbender in the title role, will hold the prestigious "Centerpiece" slot at the New York Film Festival on Oct. 3.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Apple Watch 'Apps at a tap' ads focus on travel, fitness and music apps

Apple Watch 'Apps at a tap' ads focus on travel, fitness and music apps

Apple on Monday released three new Apple Watch spots done up in the usual "poppy" style introduced with the first Watch ads, this time highlighting third-party travel, fitness and music apps.

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Supply chain evidence of 4-inch 'iPhone 6c' disappears, analyst says

Supply chain evidence of 4-inch 'iPhone 6c' disappears, analyst says

Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri, one of the first to report on the possibility of a 4-inch "iPhone 6c," revealed in a recent interview that he can no longer find evidence that Apple is working on such a device for 2015.

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Apple releases fifth OS X 10.11 El Capitan beta to developers [u]

Apple releases fifth OS X 10.11 El Capitan beta to developers [u]

Apple on Monday issued the fifth OS X 10.11 El Capitan beta to developers for testing ahead of an expected release later this fall.

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Apple Music hits 10M subscribers in four weeks, report says

Apple Music hits 10M subscribers in four weeks, report says

A day shy of its one-month anniversary, Apple Music has reeled in more than 10 million subscribers on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and iTunes, a report said Monday.

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Keith Richards debuts new music video exclusively on Apple Music

Keith Richards debuts new music video exclusively on Apple Music

In another exclusive, Apple Music on Monday premiered the video for "Trouble," a new single by Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards.

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Leak reveals Parallels Desktop 11 will support Windows 10's Cortana across OS X

Leak reveals Parallels Desktop 11 will support Windows 10's Cortana across OS X

The next version of Parallels' Desktop for Mac virtualization software will improve its Windows 10 support, enabling Cortana voice commands at any time — as long as Windows is still running in the background, according to a leaked product page.

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Apple-owned micro-LED display technology earns high praise, seen as potential OLED replacement

Apple-owned micro-LED display technology earns high praise, seen as potential OLED replacement

Before Apple acquired low-power display maker LuxVue, micro-LED technology was relatively unknown. But now the display industry is paying close attention, and one expert believes micro-LED could disrupt current LCD screens, as well as OLED displays like on the Apple Watch.

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Apple joins White House's American Business Act on Climate Pledge

Apple joins White House's American Business Act on Climate Pledge

The White House on Monday announced that Apple will be among a group of 13 companies appearing alongside Secretary of State John Kerry and other senior White House officials, as they launch the American Business Act on Climate Pledge.

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Inside iOS 9: Apple's Maps app gets smarter with automatic directions based on user habits

Inside iOS 9: Apple's Maps app gets smarter with automatic directions based on user habits

A major focus for Apple in building iOS 9 is making it even easier to access the information you need, in part by predicting what you want before you unlock your phone. One way the upcoming operating system update will do that is by knowing when you get into your car, and predicting where you're probably planning to drive.

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Apple to greatly expand retail presence in India with 500 'Authorized Mobility Resellers'

Apple to greatly expand retail presence in India with 500 'Authorized Mobility Resellers'

As a part of its newly-invigorated attempt to improve sales in India, Apple is reportedly working to help launch 500 "Authorized Mobility Reseller" locations in 12 different cities.

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Apple Maps vans to begin collecting data in France, Sweden in August

Apple Maps vans to begin collecting data in France, Sweden in August

The Apple Maps vans currently on reconnaissance trips to collect street-level data will be coming to France and Sweden for the first time in August, in addition to touring areas in the U.S., England, and Ireland, Apple revealed on Monday.

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Police shut down Chinese factory that produced $19M worth of fake iPhones

Police shut down Chinese factory that produced $19M worth of fake iPhones

A major iPhone counterfeiting factory, which produced so many fake Apple devices that some even made their way to the U.S., has been shut down by Beijing police and led to nine arrests.

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Apple Watch to be sold at Best Buy on Aug. 7

Apple Watch to be sold at Best Buy on Aug. 7

It was announced Sunday that Apple will be making Apple Watch available at more than 100 Best Buy stores in the U.S. on Aug. 7, making the big box electronics retailer the first major outlet to carry Watch outside of Apple's own stores.

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FeatureThe best aftermarket Apple Watch bands you can buy right now

The best aftermarket Apple Watch bands you can buy right now

Data shows that Apple Watch owners love their Watches, but Apple's selection of bands is limited and many of the models are expensive. AppleInsider has rounded up some of the most popular third-party models that you can buy today and have on your wrist by next week.

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Hands-OnFirst Look: The ONE Smart Piano

First Look: The ONE Smart Piano

Aspiring musicians looking to learn to play piano should check out The ONE, a unique digital piano that uses iPad to offset the learning curve associated with mastering the instrument.

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Rumor: Apple's iPad mini 4 will be a miniature iPad Air 2, could launch alongside A9-powered iPad Air 3

Rumor: Apple's iPad mini 4 will be a miniature iPad Air 2, could launch alongside A9-powered iPad Air 3

A new report out of the Far East claims that Apple's iPad mini 4 will see many of the same upgrades received by the iPad Air 2 last year, only compressed into a much smaller footprint. Meanwhile, a 2015 debut of the iPad Air 3 is said to remain a possibility.

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This week on AppleInsider: Apple's record Q3, 'Apple Car' news, Back to School promo & more

This week on AppleInsider: Apple's record Q3, 'Apple Car' news, Back to School promo & more

Apple once again shattered corporate records in announcing its third quarter financial results, but some of the more interesting news this week percolated under the surface, hinting at long-term plans and trends.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Nike, Apple agree to $2.4M settlement in suit over false FuelBand claims, Apple to pay nothing

Nike, Apple agree to $2.4M settlement in suit over false FuelBand claims, Apple to pay nothing

Consumers who purchased a Nike+ FuelBand between 2012 and 2015 might be eligible for a small payment from Nike after the sports brand, alongside co-defendant Apple, agreed to settle a class action suit alleging the companies falsely advertised the device's health tracking capabilities.

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Apple reportedly eyed BMW's i3 electric car as basis for branded vehicle

Apple reportedly eyed BMW's i3 electric car as basis for branded vehicle

According to a report published Friday, Apple last fall initiated talks to partner with BMW on a rumored electric car project underpinned by the German automaker's i3 model before ultimately changing its mind.

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Apple announces first sterling-denominated bond valued at $2B US

Apple announces first sterling-denominated bond valued at $2B US

In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday, Apple announced its first-ever sterling-denominated bond issuance set at 1.25 billion pounds, or nearly $2 billion.

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Apple takes 'If it's not an iPhone' ad campaign online with new minisite

Apple takes 'If it's not an iPhone' ad campaign online with new minisite

As part of its 'If it's not an iPhone' ad campaign, Apple on Friday introduced an online minisite touting unique iPhone features, from an unparalleled selection of apps to digital and physical security.

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Trailer debuts for Steve Jobs documentary derided by Apple exec as 'mean-spirited'

Trailer debuts for Steve Jobs documentary derided by Apple exec as 'mean-spirited'

The trailer for "Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine," a highly criticized documentary from Oscar winner Alex Gibney, premiered on Friday, giving the general public their first glimpse at the controversial film.

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Leaked Intel Skylake info reveals future MacBooks will gain graphics boosts, better battery life

Leaked Intel Skylake info reveals future MacBooks will gain graphics boosts, better battery life

Newly-leaked Intel presentation slides suggest that the company's upcoming Skylake processors could bring important performance and power consumption improvements to future Macs.

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Consortium-backed Apple Pay competitor CurrentC to launch 'trial run' in August

Consortium-backed Apple Pay competitor CurrentC to launch 'trial run' in August

CurrentC, the MCX-developed mobile payment platform backed by a number of major U.S. retailers, will reportedly see an initial trial run in August, signaling that the service is finally approaching a public launch.

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Pandora CEO says company has seen 'no impact' from Apple Music launch

Pandora CEO says company has seen 'no impact' from Apple Music launch

Apple Music so far isn't — and probably won't be — a meaningful threat to Pandora, the latter company's CEO told analysts during a conference call announcing better-than-expected quarterly financials.

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Apple's $26.5B in purchase commitments hint at huge 'iPhone 6s' launch

Apple's $26.5B in purchase commitments hint at huge 'iPhone 6s' launch

Apple had $26.5 billion in off-balance sheet commitments at the end of the June quarter — a massive year-over-year increase that suggests the company is planning for a record breaking launch of its next-generation "iPhone 6s."

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast talks earnings, future of iPhone, iOS 9 betas & Coin credit card

AppleInsider podcast talks earnings, future of iPhone, iOS 9 betas & Coin credit card

On this week's all-new AppleInsider podcast, we discuss Apple's earnings call, Neil reveals how he feels about Wall Street analysts, Victor endorses the Mac App Store, and Mikey tells all about the good and bad of the Coin connected credit card.

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