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Monday, May 04, 2015

Apple publishes Apple Watch band design guidelines for accessory makers

Apple publishes Apple Watch band design guidelines for accessory makers

Apple on Monday posted to its website a previously unreleased document detailing Apple Watch band design guidelines for third-party manufacturers interested in making aftermarket straps for the device.

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Apple Maps Connect updated with support for five new European countries

Apple Maps Connect updated with support for five new European countries

Continuing its internal mapping initiative, Apple on Monday added Maps Connect support to five new regions, allowing users in those countries to add and edit points of interest.

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Apple updates Apple Watch Human Interface Guidelines website with new design, more resources

Apple updates Apple Watch Human Interface Guidelines website with new design, more resources

Apple on Monday updated the Apple Watch Human Interface Guidelines website with a refreshed look and new software design resources for app developers.

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Apple TV remote control to get touch pad when new version launches in June, report says

Apple TV remote control to get touch pad when new version launches in June, report says

According to a report on Monday, the Apple TV isn't the only piece of hardware in line for a redesign this year, as the device's long-in-the-tooth remote control is now expected to come with a built-in touch pad.

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TipsHow to start and monitor a workout on Apple Watch

How to start and monitor a workout on Apple Watch

One of the highlight features of the new Apple Watch is its fitness tracking abilities, which lets users track movement throughout the day, keep tabs on wellness goals and monitor specific workout routines.

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Apple hires new general contractor to finish Campus 2 interior

Apple hires new general contractor to finish Campus 2 interior

Apple is signing on a new general contractor to help finish Campus 2, the company's upcoming ring-shaped headquarters being constructed in Cupertino, Calif., according to a Monday report.

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Apple stops iOS 8.2 code signing, prevents downgrades from iOS 8.3

Apple stops iOS 8.2 code signing, prevents downgrades from iOS 8.3

Apple has stopped signing the code for iOS 8.2, meaning that anyone wanting to downgrade from iOS 8.3 through iTunes will no longer be able to do so, accounts indicated on Monday.

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GE to develop new LED bulbs that work with Apple's HomeKit

GE to develop new LED bulbs that work with Apple's HomeKit

General Electric on Monday announced plans for a new color-changing LED light bulb, due to ship sometime later this year, that will come out of the box with support for Apple's HomeKit system.

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Microsoft prepping Continuity-like features for Windows 10 alongside new flagship handsets - report

Microsoft prepping Continuity-like features for Windows 10 alongside new flagship handsets - report

Just over a year after closing its acquisition of Nokia's phone division, Microsoft is reportedly set to reenter the high-end handset space with a pair of new Lumia devices that will feature powerful internals and carry the mobile banner for Windows 10.

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Charter pursues Time Warner Cable merger in wake of abandoned Comcast deal

Charter pursues Time Warner Cable merger in wake of abandoned Comcast deal

Following Comcast's unsuccessful takeover bid, high-level talks have reportedly taken place between Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable over a possible merger, in spite of the bad blood between the two companies.

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YouTube app vanishes from older Apple TV models, latest version unaffected

YouTube app vanishes from older Apple TV models, latest version unaffected

The YouTube app has disappeared from many second-generation Apple TV units, users noted on Monday, with both the home screen icon and references to the app in Settings vanishing overnight.

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Apple Watch diagnostic port can be used for charging, accessory makers say

Apple Watch diagnostic port can be used for charging, accessory makers say

Third parties are able to use the small diagnostic port hidden inside one of the Apple Watch's lugs to charge the device, according to one accessory maker, opening up the possibility of a "Made for Apple Watch" program down the line.

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DOJ to review secret cell phone tracking programs, reveal information on usage

DOJ to review secret cell phone tracking programs, reveal information on usage

The United States Department of Justice has reportedly decided that the use of controversial cell phone tracking devices —widely known as "stingrays" —by its agencies must be more closely monitored, and is preparing to launch an extensive internal review while publicly revealing more details about the secret programs.

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Apple efforts to end free streaming music on Spotify, YouTube spur DOJ inquiry - report

Apple efforts to end free streaming music on Spotify, YouTube spur DOJ inquiry - report

As it prepares to launch a new streaming music service, Apple is said to be pressuring music labels to force rivals like Spotify to abandon their free tiers — something that has apparently brought scrutiny from the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Sunday, May 03, 2015

ExclusiveApple's 12.9" iPad will feature Bluetooth stylus, Force Touch, NFC & more, source says

Apple's 12.9

Apple is indeed working on a larger iPad which will feature a number of changes, including an all-new Bluetooth stylus accessory with pressure sensitivity, support for Force Touch input, and a USB-C connector, AppleInsider has learned.

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Saturday, May 02, 2015

FeatureWhat would it take to take Apple private?

What would it take to take Apple private?

Die-hard Apple fans have long suggested that the company might be better off without the scrutiny that comes with being publicly traded. On the heels of another record-breaking quarter, AppleInsider took a look at what going private might mean for the computing juggernaut.

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This week on AppleInsider: Apple's blockbuster Q2, 'tattoo-gate,' Apple Watch review, more

This week on AppleInsider: Apple's blockbuster Q2, 'tattoo-gate,' Apple Watch review, more

The week began with a financial bang, as Apple published the results of its record-breaking second quarter, but later saw controversies swirl with Apple Watch production obstacles and problems for wearers with tattoos. AppleInsider meanwhile reviewed the device, finding it attractive but saddled with some flaws.

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Friday, May 01, 2015

TipsHow to manage Glances on the Apple Watch

How to manage Glances on the Apple Watch

From customizable clock faces to notifications, quickly referencing important information without having to dive into an app is a key feature of the Apple Watch. Dubbed Glances, users can access these bits of information with just a single swipe.

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EditorialSamsung takes Apple obsession to next level with new Galaxy ad

Samsung takes Apple obsession to next level with new Galaxy ad

Samsung has been known to borrow Apple's ideas from time to time, an effective — if not entirely inspired — strategy considering massive iPhone, iPad and now Watch demand. But its latest advertisement for the new Galaxy S6 edge, basically an amalgamation of Apple Watch promo videos, dials the homage up to 11.

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Tweetbot updates iOS app with new Twitter 'Quote Tweet' format

Tweetbot updates iOS app with new Twitter 'Quote Tweet' format

Popular iOS Twitter client Tweetbot received a small update on Friday with access to Twitter's new "Quote Tweet" format, which embeds tweets in a new message instead of copying a block of text.

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NBC Sports channel unexpectedly disappears from some Apple TV boxes

NBC Sports channel unexpectedly disappears from some Apple TV boxes

In the midst of the NHL playoffs and hype for the Kentucky Derby, a number of users have found that the Apple TV channel to stream those events, NBC Sports Live Extra, has unexpectedly disappeared from their set-top box.

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Hands-on with alleged 'iPad Pro' case gives comparison to Apple's iPad Air

Hands-on with alleged 'iPad Pro' case gives comparison to Apple's iPad Air

Whether or not a new 12-plus-inch iPad becomes an actual product, case makers are betting on leaked design specifications, and a new video offers an idea of just how big a so-called "iPad Pro" might be.

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Rumor: Purported industrial renderings of Apple's 'iPad Pro' back 12.9-inch display

Rumor: Purported industrial renderings of Apple's 'iPad Pro' back 12.9-inch display

An alleged industrial rendering of Apple's rumored "iPad Pro" was leaked on Friday, supporting rumors that the tablet will use a 12.9-inch screen instead of a less-frequently claimed 12.2-inch version.

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Shipping dates for 42MM Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport slip to July worldwide

Shipping dates for 42MM Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport slip to July worldwide

Apple's online store in the U.S. — alongside storefronts in Europe and Asia — is now showing July shipping estimates for 42-millimeter stainless steel and aluminum Watch models, checks on Friday revealed.

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Deals: 6-Day Apple Accessory Blowout: $49 Super Drives, $59 MacBook Power Adapters, $5 MagSafe converters, $45 Magic Trackpads, Mice & Keyboards, $69 AirPort Express & more

Deals: 6-Day Apple Accessory Blowout: $49 Super Drives, $59 MacBook Power Adapters, $5 MagSafe converters, $45 Magic Trackpads, Mice & Keyboards, $69 AirPort Express & more

From now through May 6th, one of Apple's authorized resellers is offering the lowest prices of the year on a wide assortment of official Apple-branded accessories including AirPort Base Stations (from $69), Keyboards ($45), Mice ($45), Super Drives ($45), MacBook Power Adapters ($59), and several Lightening, USB, FireWire, VGA, DVI, SD Card & Gigabit Ethernet adapters ($19).

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Apple bringing back personal shopping for controversial new Madison Avenue store in NYC

Apple bringing back personal shopping for controversial new Madison Avenue store in NYC

Customers at Apple's forthcoming Madison Avenue store on Manhattan's Upper East Side will be privy to a special Apple Store experience, as the company will reinstate its dormant personal shopping service and observe shorter-than-normal hours in order to fit in with the tony neighborhood.

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Apple begins hunt for director of Global Marketing Operations at Beats

Apple begins hunt for director of Global Marketing Operations at Beats

Apple is hunting for a new director of Global Marketing Operations at its Beats division, according to a job listing posted on Thursday, a rare high-level opening at the company.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast discusses our Apple Watch review, Apple's record Q2 and more

AppleInsider podcast discusses our Apple Watch review, Apple's record Q2 and more

This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast is now available to download and subscribe in iTunes or SoundCloud, with detailed analysis of this week's news. We discuss the full Apple watch review and what it's like after a week of day to day use. Apple's record Q2 earnings call, CurrentC ousts its CEO, Microsoft bring Objective-C support to Windows 10, and more.

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Apple confirms ink in some darker wrist tattoos can interfere with Apple Watch heart rate sensor

Apple confirms ink in some darker wrist tattoos can interfere with Apple Watch heart rate sensor

Apple this week updated a support page for the Apple Watch, revealing that the ink found in some tattoos on the wrist can in fact affect the heart rate monitor, and associated wrist detection feature, for the new wearable device.

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Deals: 12" MacBooks with free early-adopter survival kit; 128GB iPad Air Wi-Fi + 4G LTE for $499; $1,249 13" MacBook Pro bundle & coupons

Deals: 12

Joining our exclusive $144 discounts on 12" MacBooks with AppleCare is a new offer that throws in a free Apple USB-C to USB Adapter, LG Super Drive & 4-Port USB 2.0 Hub. Separately, Apple's 128GB iPad Air (Wi-Fi + 4G LTE) in Silver/White is available until Friday for $499 (tax-free in 49 states) while coupons on all the company's MacBook Pros offer discounts of up to $300 on current models.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

ACLU launches iOS app to record law enforcement encounters

ACLU launches iOS app to record law enforcement encounters

Looking to reduce "over-policing" and surface instances of excessive force, the American Civil Liberties Union of California on Thursday launched a smartphone app that lets users securely document law enforcement encounters.

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Apple Store app for iOS updated with Apple Watch support

Apple Store app for iOS updated with Apple Watch support

Apple on Thursday rolled out an updated version of its Apple Store app for iOS with support for Apple Watch, which lets users keep track of orders, pick up purchases, check in to Genius Bar appointments and more.

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Ford details CarPlay integration with SYNC infotainment system

Ford details CarPlay integration with SYNC infotainment system

Ford CEO Mark Fields on Thursday offered a few more details about plans to integrate Apple's CarPlay into future vehicles, saying that while support is coming, Ford's SYNC infotainment system will be the star of the show.

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Amazon Instant Video gets HD, cellular streaming on iOS, Waze launches 'Unusual Traffic' Twitter feeds

Amazon Instant Video gets HD, cellular streaming on iOS, Waze launches 'Unusual Traffic' Twitter feeds

Amazon on Thursday released a major update to its Instant Video iOS client, while Waze launched Unusual Traffic, a series of city-based Twitter accounts hooked into data from its mobile navigation apps.

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Apple updates iMovie for iOS with fix for incorrectly cropped photos

Apple updates iMovie for iOS with fix for incorrectly cropped photos

Apple on Thursday issued a minor update to its iMovie video editing app for iOS, addressing an issue that sometimes caused portrait photos to be cropped incorrectly.

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Amid rumors of an Apple buyout, Nokia's maps business shines in otherwise disappointing quarter

Amid rumors of an Apple buyout, Nokia's maps business shines in otherwise disappointing quarter

Shares of Nokia fell more than 12 percent on Thursday after the company's networking division reported disappointing results. But a bright spot was its "Here" mapping division, which is rumored to be a potential acquisition target for Apple.

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Apple opens up early access to App Analytics for developers on iTunes Connect

Apple opens up early access to App Analytics for developers on iTunes Connect

Apple on Thursday offered developers the option to register for the App Analytics beta, opening early access to a feature originally announced at last year's Worldwide Developers Conference.

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Undeterred by Tim Cook's browbeating, supply chain 'guesstimators' soldier on with Apple Watch appraisal

Undeterred by Tim Cook's browbeating, supply chain 'guesstimators' soldier on with Apple Watch appraisal

Apple CEO Tim Cook took supply chain "guesstimators" to task on the company's second-quarter earnings call earlier this week, but that did not stop one firm from moving ahead with its own analysis of Apple's new wearable device.

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TipsHow to manage notification alerts on your new Apple Watch

How to manage notification alerts on your new Apple Watch

Managing and customizing notifications is key to having a great experience with the Apple Watch. By default, many of your apps will mirror the notification settings on your iPhone, but dealing with all those apps on your wrist can be a chore.

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