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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Apple releases first public beta of iOS 9.3.3 with minor bug fixes

Apple releases first public beta of iOS 9.3.3 with minor bug fixes

Apple on Tuesday released the first public beta version of iOS 9.3.3, a maintenance update that brings minor bug fixes and performance improvements to iPhone, iPad and iPod.

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Apple looks to debut Siri SDK at WWDC, developing Amazon Echo competitor

Apple looks to debut Siri SDK at WWDC, developing Amazon Echo competitor

Five years after Siri launched with iPhone 4S, Apple is reportedly preparing to open its virtual assistant platform up to third-party developers through a dedicated SDK, and might dive deeper into AI services by embedding the technology into a speaker type device similar to Amazon's Echo.

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Apple brings back crypto whiz Jon Callas as encryption battles heat up

Apple brings back crypto whiz Jon Callas as encryption battles heat up

Apple has re-hired Jon Callas, a cryptography expert responsible for much of Apple's security technology over the years, the company confirmed on Tuesday.

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Pebble unveils Pebble 2 and Time 2 smartwatches, 3G-enabled Core running accessory

Pebble unveils Pebble 2 and Time 2 smartwatches, 3G-enabled Core running accessory

Pebble on Tuesday launched two new smartwatches on Kickstarter, the Pebble 2 and the Time 2, along with a new accessory, the Core — aimed at people who want to go running without their smartphone, as well as hacking enthusiasts.

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Eric Schmidt says he uses an iPhone, but claims to prefer Samsung's Galaxy

Eric Schmidt says he uses an iPhone, but claims to prefer Samsung's Galaxy

Alphabet chairman Eric Schmidt has owned up to the worst-kept secret in Silicon Valley: that the leader of the Android mothership leans on an arch rival for his day-to-day communications.

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Local sourcing rules may still block Apple Stores from expanding into India

Local sourcing rules may still block Apple Stores from expanding into India

Apple may not have secured permission to open its first stores in India after all, though the company has not been shut out of the process, a report said on Tuesday.

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Tim Cook hints Apple pushing further into health through Apple Watch & other devices

Tim Cook hints Apple pushing further into health through Apple Watch & other devices

Apple is hoping to venture deeper into health tracking, through the Apple Watch and beyond, CEO Tim Cook hinted on Tuesday during a talk at Startup Fest Europe in Amsterdam.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Breaking
New 13" MacBook to launch in Q3, end development of MacBook Air insider says

New 13

Noted KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts Apple to launch a next-generation 13-inch MacBook model in the third quarter of 2016, which would expand the company's thin-and-light lineup directly into 13-inch MacBook Pro territory.

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Breaking
Touch ID, OLED touch bar to highlight thinner MacBook Pro models in Q4

Touch ID, OLED touch bar to highlight thinner MacBook Pro models in Q4

Apple is expected to drastically revamp its flagship laptop line in the second half of 2016, according to one informed insider, with the slimmed down 13- and 15-inch models said to sport Touch ID, an OLED display touch bar, USB-C and Thunderbolt 3, among other improvements.

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Will.i.am debuts i.am+ EPs earphones as Apple Store exclusive

Will.i.am debuts i.am+ EPs earphones as Apple Store exclusive

Musician will.i.am's "i.am+" tech brand on Monday released a pair of pricey Bluetooth earphones dubbed the "EPs," with initial sales to be exclusive to Apple's online and brick-and-mortar retail stores.

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IDC: $200-350 Chromebooks shipped 37% more U.S. units in Q1 vs Apple's $1,200 MacBooks

IDC: $200-350 Chromebooks shipped 37% more U.S. units in Q1 vs Apple's $1,200 MacBooks

Google's Chrome OS partners Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Samsung and Lenovo collectively shipped 37 percent more low-priced netbooks than the number of premium laptops Apple sold during the quarter in the U.S., although most of those Chromebook sales were to K-12 schools.

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Alleged 'iPhone 7' production plates, schematics show no sign of Smart Connector

Alleged 'iPhone 7' production plates, schematics show no sign of Smart Connector

Adding to a growing pile of supposed parts leaks, a set of images posted to the web on Monday suggest Apple's upcoming "iPhone 7" series will indeed sport a larger rear camera aperture, as well as a dual-camera array for the larger "Plus" model, but might ship without a Smart Connector as previous rumors claimed.

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Philips' HomeKit compatible Hue white ambiance bulbs now for sale

Philips' HomeKit compatible Hue white ambiance bulbs now for sale

Philips on Monday announced immediate availability of Hue White Ambiance bulbs and starter kits, an addition to the company's smart light bulb lineup capable of integrating with Apple's HomeKit smart home framework.

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Facebook intros Continuous Live Video API for non-stop streaming

Facebook intros Continuous Live Video API for non-stop streaming

Facebook on Monday officially launched a Continuous Live Video API for broadcasters, giving them the option of endless streaming, as well as full coverage of longer events.

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Apple Music-exclusive Chance the Rapper album debuts in Billboard's top 10

Apple Music-exclusive Chance the Rapper album debuts in Billboard's top 10

Chance the Rapper's new album Coloring Book — currently an Apple Music exclusive — has reportedly become the first streaming exclusive to debut in top 10 of the Billboard 200 albums chart.

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Killer Deal: $50-$80 off Apple's new 9.7-inch iPad Pros (128GB & 256GB) with no tax outside NY

Killer Deal: $50-$80 off Apple's new 9.7-inch iPad Pros (128GB & 256GB) with no tax outside NY

The first material discounts on Apple's brand new 9.7-inch iPad Pros have landed over at B&H Photo, with the Apple authorized reseller slashing $50 and even $80 off 128GB and 256GB models. Each also includes free expedited shipping and no tax outside NY.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Deals: iMac 5K for $1,499, 38mm "Apple Watch" for $399 plus free stand, iPad Air for $270

Deals: iMac 5K for $1,499, 38mm

This week, B&H is offering the lowest price we've ever seen for an iMac 5K at $1,499, while also taking $150 off the 38mm Apple Watch (Black Stainless) and throwing in a free stand. On top of that, snag a 16GB iPad Air for $270 — or save $200 on a 3.1GHz 13" MacBook Pro with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage.

Spotify matches Apple Music with improved $15 Family plan

Spotify matches Apple Music with improved $15 Family plan

Looking to hold onto its dominance in the music streaming space, Spotify on Monday launched an upgraded Family plan, matching similar ones from Apple Music and Google Play.

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Apple drops new betas for OS X 10.11.6, iOS 9.3.3, and tvOS 9.2.2

Apple drops new betas for OS X 10.11.6, iOS 9.3.3, and tvOS 9.2.2

Apple on Monday released previews of the next iterations of OS X, iOS, and tvOS, handing out beta versions of its popular desktop, mobile, and set-top box operating systems to registered developers.

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Rumor: Samsung to double down on fitness with Gear Fit 2 and 'Bio-Processor'

Rumor: Samsung to double down on fitness with Gear Fit 2 and 'Bio-Processor'

Images leaked on Monday showed Samsung's upcoming Gear Fit 2, a device that may provide tougher competition in fitness wearables for companies like Apple and Fitbit.

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New photo purports to show 'iPhone 7' shell with single, raised rear camera opening

New photo purports to show 'iPhone 7' shell with single, raised rear camera opening

A new image, claimed to depict a genuine rear shell for Apple's "iPhone 7," may support some other recent leaks pointing to the device's design features.

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Rumor: Apple prepping as many as 78 million 'iPhone 7' units for launch

Rumor: Apple prepping as many as 78 million 'iPhone 7' units for launch

Apple has reportedly instructed its supply chain to produce between 72 million and 78 million of the so-called "iPhone 7" in the run-up to that device's expected launch this fall.

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Apple, Maine Department of Education working to swap 'toy' iPads for MacBooks

Apple, Maine Department of Education working to swap 'toy' iPads for MacBooks

The Maine Department of Education is working with Apple to give some schools the option of trading in classroom-based iPads for new MacBooks at no cost, as teachers have found the tablets "provide no educational function in the classroom."

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Surge in OLED equipment orders linked to Apple's upcoming iPhones - report

Surge in OLED equipment orders linked to Apple's upcoming iPhones - report

A major leap in display manufacturing equipment orders may strongly suggest that Apple is preparing to build OLED-equipped iPhones, possibly in time for 2017 models, a report said on Monday.

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

EditorialGoogle I/O 2016: Android's failure to innovate hands Apple free run at WWDC

Google I/O 2016: Android's failure to innovate hands Apple free run at WWDC

Rather than focusing on the incremental innovation needed to win back the attention of enterprise users and premium consumers, Google's vision for Android this year has again leapt in new directions which appear even less attainable. Android's scattered, imitative strategies du jour are resulting in a platform that looks a lot like Apple's—albeit the very unsuccessful Apple of the mid 90s.

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Outlandish 'iPhone 7' chassis shell features quad speakers, new camera layout

Outlandish 'iPhone 7' chassis shell features quad speakers, new camera layout

A set of highly questionable photos posted to the web on Saturday supposedly show an "iPhone 7" rear casing sporting a quad-speaker array and vertically arranged rear camera, microphone and True Tone flash module, both hallmark design features seen on Apple's 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

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TipsHow to free up space on your iPhone without deleting photos or apps

How to free up space on your iPhone without deleting photos or apps

Running out of space on your iPhone can be extremely frustrating. Whether you're looking to install a cool app recommended by friends or want to add to your photo collection, being limited by a lack of space is exasperating to say the least. Instead of deleting files and apps, though, there are a few simple ways to free up space on your iPhone to make room for new data.

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

EditorialGoogle I/O 2016: Android's Instant Apps seek to solve a key mobile problem

Google I/O 2016: Android's Instant Apps seek to solve a key mobile problem

Google's Android installed base has long suffered a major problem with fragmentation at the OS API level, due to the fact that licensees continue shipping low end phones paired with old versions of Android. Here's what the company is ostensibly doing to address that in a new project introduced at its I/O 2016 conference: Instant Apps.

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FeatureGoogle I/O 2016: Android deployment rate slips backward by 20 percent

Google I/O 2016: Android deployment rate slips backward by 20 percent

Over the last year, the pace of Google's Android deployment, already very slow, actually rolled backward by 20 percent over the previous year. Google is leading Android and Chrome toward stagnant beleaguerment.

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Apple's Tim Cook talks retail, manufacturing, encryption & more with Indian PM Modi

Apple's Tim Cook talks retail, manufacturing, encryption & more with Indian PM Modi

As anticipated, Apple CEO Tim Cook met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, talking about issues such as retail stores, manufacturing, and app development, according to reports.

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This week on AI: 2017 iPhone details, Buffett pumps $1B+ into AAPL, Cook's India trip & more

This week on AI: 2017 iPhone details, Buffett pumps $1B+ into AAPL, Cook's India trip & more

Apple CEO Tim Cook was on tour in India this week, but some of the most attention-grabbing news actually happened elsewhere, for instance giving a glimpse at what 2017 iPhones will look like, and solidifying Apple's financial future.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Apple working to bring entire product line to India, Tim Cook says

Apple working to bring entire product line to India, Tim Cook says

Apple CEO Tim Cook continued a tour of India on Friday, granting a one-on-one interview with a local television network that offered a bit more insight into the company's ambitions for the developing market.

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Apple may turn to LG with Sony lagging in dual-lens camera modules for 'iPhone 7 Plus'

Apple may turn to LG with Sony lagging in dual-lens camera modules for 'iPhone 7 Plus'

Because of production problems, Sony is behind schedule in producing dual-lens camera modules for Apple, which may turn to LG to provide the majority of initial modules for this year's 5.5-inch "Plus" iPhone, a research analyst claimed on Friday.

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FeatureAnticipating WWDC 2016: what's ahead for Apple Watch 2 and watchOS 3

Anticipating WWDC 2016: what's ahead for Apple Watch 2 and watchOS 3

Barely a year old, Apple Watch has already seen two major releases of watchOS—a remarkably rapid pace of platform development, even for Apple. Here's a look at what we can expect to hear about watchOS 3 at Apple's upcoming Worldwide Developer Conference.

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Samsung may beat Apple to the punch with global live TV subscription service

Samsung may beat Apple to the punch with global live TV subscription service

Samsung Electronics has begun talks with entertainment companies to sell an online TV service, potentially beating to market Apple, whose own talks to offer a subscription video content plan have apparently stalled.

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Apple's Cook dismisses Indian phone market concerns, says company 'focused on best, not most'

Apple's Cook dismisses Indian phone market concerns, says company 'focused on best, not most'

The iPhone may have a small marketshare in India, but the company isn't worried about that and is instead holding out for the long-term, Apple CEO Tim Cook said in an interview published on Friday.

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Apple pulls iOS 9.3.2 for 9.7" iPad Pro after update errors

Apple pulls iOS 9.3.2 for 9.7

Following reports of broken updates, Apple has pulled the iOS 9.3.2 update for the latest-generation 9.7-inch iPad Pro, promising that a fix is in the works.

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First BMW vehicles with Apple's CarPlay coming later in 2016

First BMW vehicles with Apple's CarPlay coming later in 2016

BMW — one of the few major automakers without support for Apple's CarPlay — should finally begin offering the technology later this year through two new vehicles, according to an official pricelist.

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iPhone marketshare dips to 14.8% amid tougher Chinese competition, Gartner says

iPhone marketshare dips to 14.8% amid tougher Chinese competition, Gartner says

Apple's year-over-year drop in smartphone sales during the March quarter also caused the company to lose marketshare, though part of the shift can be linked to fast-rising Chinese smartphone makers, according to new research data.

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