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Friday, July 29, 2016

Nest app updates with Thermostat control from Apple Watch, expanded camera options

Nest app updates with Thermostat control from Apple Watch, expanded camera options

Google's Nest division updated its iOS app with several important features, most notably the ability to control its flagship Thermostat via the Apple Watch.

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CBS All Access, Showtime streaming services each hold 1 million users

CBS All Access, Showtime streaming services each hold 1 million users

Streaming services CBS All Access and Showtime Anytime collectively have more than two million paid subscribers, CBS's chief executive boasted during his company's quarterly results conference call.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast talks Q3 earnings, more 'iPhone 7' rumors, 'Apple Car,' more

AppleInsider podcast talks Q3 earnings, more 'iPhone 7' rumors, 'Apple Car,' more

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Mikey go over Apple's earnings for the third fiscal quarter of 2016, one billion iPhones, "iPhone 7" rumors, a shake-up at "Project Titan" and much more.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Apple opens Spanish language App Store feed on Twitter

Apple opens Spanish language App Store feed on Twitter

Apple on Thursday launched a Spanish-language Twitter account for the App Store, looking to market iOS apps to a broader demographic.

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Apple updates iMovie for iOS with easy project creation, new sharing options

Apple updates iMovie for iOS with easy project creation, new sharing options

In an update to its iMovie consumer level video editing software for iOS released on Thursday, Apple introduced a method of quickly creating projects from batch selected photos and video, as well as a new suite of content sharing options.

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Apple to introduce purchase recommendations in revamped Apple Store app

Apple to introduce purchase recommendations in revamped Apple Store app

Apple is working on a new version of its Apple Store app for iOS that will provide customers with personalized product recommendations based on their purchase history, according to a report published Thursday.

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Apple preparing $7 billion U.S. bond sale to support stock buyback program

Apple preparing $7 billion U.S. bond sale to support stock buyback program

Apple continues to leverage bond sales and low interest rates to fund both its stock buyback program and green initiatives, with an upcoming third sale this year to hit US debt capital markets.

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Apple's Ivan Krstic to give 'behind the scenes' iOS security talk at Black Hat USA

Apple's Ivan Krstic to give 'behind the scenes' iOS security talk at Black Hat USA

Apple's head of Security Engineering and Architecture will go into "unprecedented technical detail" on iOS security during a talk at this year's Black Hat USA conference in Las Vegas, including new technology coming with iOS 10.

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Deals: $100-$750 off iMacs; up to $300 off MacBook Airs; $185-$550 off 2015 MacBooks

Deals: $100-$750 off iMacs; up to $300 off MacBook Airs; $185-$550 off 2015 MacBooks

Apple authorized resellers are offering triple-digit discounts on iMac and MacBook configurations this week with free shipping and no tax in most states. Save up to $750 on iMacs or snap up a 13-inch MacBook Air for as low as $799. The 1.3GHz Early 2015 12-inch MacBook is also $999 this week.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Apple patent filing shows future potential of Touch ID not tied to a button

Apple patent filing shows future potential of Touch ID not tied to a button

A patent filing made public today stems directly from the Apple purchase of biometric company AuthenTec, and could lead to future iPhones and iPads using part or all of the touchscreen to act a Touch ID sensor.

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Apple bolsters 'Project Titan' self-driving software team with former QNX CEO

Apple bolsters 'Project Titan' self-driving software team with former QNX CEO

To flesh out the advanced software needed for a self-driving automobile, Apple has reportedly hired talent away from former high-profile rival and now-beleaguered BlackBerry and its QNX division.

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Bluetooth headphone sales surpass others for first time, with Apple's Beats in top spot

Bluetooth headphone sales surpass others for first time, with Apple's Beats in top spot

In the U.S., sales of Bluetooth headphones overtook other kinds for the first time in June — with the market led by Apple's Beats division, according to NPD retail data published on Thursday.

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Apple confirms plans for World Trade Center store in New York City

Apple confirms plans for World Trade Center store in New York City

Apple is preparing to launch another New York City store in the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, the company's head of marketing for New York stores revealed on Thursday.

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Possible Apple Lightning-to-headphone adapter for 'iPhone 7' spotted in new photos

Possible Apple Lightning-to-headphone adapter for 'iPhone 7' spotted in new photos

Photos and a video of an adapter allegedly taken from a Foxconn factory in Vietnam surface, with the photographer claiming that the adapter will be included with this fall's iPhone update.

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Apple's content negotiation tactics have 'alienated' cable providers & networks - report

Apple's content negotiation tactics have 'alienated' cable providers & networks - report

Apple has allegedly taken a hardline approach in negotiating with content owners for a potential $30-per-month streaming television service —a strategy that may have backfired on the company, a new report suggests.

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Apple's iPhone seen as tipping point for OLED dominance by 2020

Apple's iPhone seen as tipping point for OLED dominance by 2020

With Apple rumored to be switching to OLED screens starting with the 2017 iPhone, research firm IHS believes that product's launch will serve as a game changer for OLED technology and mobile displays.

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Apple manufacturer Pegatron begins automating factories, reducing hires

Apple manufacturer Pegatron begins automating factories, reducing hires

Apple's secondary manufacturer, Pegatron, is following in the footsteps of Foxconn and beginning to automate its factories — and cutting back on new hires as a result, according to the company's chairman.

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Apple's Phil Schiller joins DNA sequencing company's board of directors

Apple's Phil Schiller joins DNA sequencing company's board of directors

Apple's Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller is bringing the better part of three decades of marketing experience to the board of directors of Illumina, the industry-leading DNA sequencing equipment company.

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Cirrus Logic shares rise on Apple iPhone, other devices dropping 3.5mm headphone jacks

Cirrus Logic shares rise on Apple iPhone, other devices dropping 3.5mm headphone jacks

Shares of Apple audio parts supplier Cirrus Logic spiked in after-hours trading on Wednesday night as the company not only beat quarterly forecasts, but implied that it stands to benefit from Apple's "iPhone 7" and other smartphones ditching 3.5-millimeter headphone jacks in favor of USB and Bluetooth.

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Apple Xcode 8 beta now secured with digital signatures in .xip format

Apple Xcode 8 beta now secured with digital signatures in .xip format

Apple has implemented the .xip file compression protocol with digital signatures for its newest Xcode 8 beta distribution, instead of the unsecured .zip format, guaranteeing that the contents have not changed since initial creation.

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'iPhone 7' preorders rumored to kick off on Sept. 9

'iPhone 7' preorders rumored to kick off on Sept. 9

Following up on a report regarding the supposed launch date of Apple's next-generation iPhone, noted industry blogger Evan Blass on Wednesday said the company is looking to start preorders for the device on Friday, Sept. 9.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Apple boosts R&D spending as revenues stabilize

Apple boosts R&D spending as revenues stabilize

As iPhone sales show signs of stabilizing after a first every contraction earlier this year, Apple continues to incrementally increase spending on research and development in search of the next big thing.

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Upthere cloud services store all users' data in the cloud, with no local storage

Upthere cloud services store all users' data in the cloud, with no local storage

Upthere, a new cloud service designed by former Apple engineers including former Mac software engineering chief Bertrand Serlet, has exited a seven month long beta program on iOS and macOS, and is promising to change how users utilize and think about cloud storage.

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Apple has sold more than 1 billion iPhones

Apple has sold more than 1 billion iPhones

Apple CEO Tim Cook at an employee meeting on Wednesday said the company recently sold its one billionth iPhone, a watershed moment for the popular smartphone.

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3rd-party Vulkan API could simplify porting graphics-intensive games to Metal on macOS, iOS

3rd-party Vulkan API could simplify porting graphics-intensive games to Metal on macOS, iOS

The new MoltenVK developer API aims to ease porting of games to Apple hardware, and its native support of Metal graphics, by by bringing the cross-platform Vulkan 3D graphics API to both iOS and macOS.

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Google Play Store gets Family Library feature with limited iOS support

Google Play Store gets Family Library feature with limited iOS support

Google on Wednesday launched Family Library, a feature for the Google Play Store closely mirroring Apple's own Family Sharing for iTunes, iBooks, and the App Store — including some iOS support.

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Apple Maps adds Parkopedia data on garages and parking lots

Apple Maps adds Parkopedia data on garages and parking lots

Starting Wednesday in some venues, Apple Maps will supplement existing data on parking with more information from the Parkopedia database, including pricing, real-time spot availability, and hours of operation of garages and parking lots.

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Apple holds onto second place in slightly increased global smartphone market

Apple holds onto second place in slightly increased global smartphone market

Apple's 40.4 million iPhones shipped during the June quarter — a 15 percent decline year-over-year — were still enough to keep it in second place in the worldwide smartphone market, which reversed recent trends and grew "modestly," according to research firm Canalys.

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FeatureWall Street breathes a sigh of relief after Apple's better-than-feared June quarter

Wall Street breathes a sigh of relief after Apple's better-than-feared June quarter

Apple's June quarter earnings came in slightly higher than expected this week, propelling shares higher by more than 6 percent back over the $100 threshold. Analysts were generally pleased by Apple's results— here's a roundup of their responses, as collected by AppleInsider.

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Microsoft Pix promises to improve iPhone photography, independent of the user

Microsoft Pix promises to improve iPhone photography, independent of the user

Microsoft on Wednesday released Pix, a new photo application that utilizes the company's machine learning skills with a computational photography implementation intended to improve the quality of photos shot on an iPhone 5s or newer.

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Xiaomi launches Mi Notebook Air, targeting Apple's MacBook lineup

Xiaomi launches Mi Notebook Air, targeting Apple's MacBook lineup

Best known for its smartphones, China's Xiaomi on Wednesday revealed the Mi Notebook Air, its first laptop, apparently designed to take on Apple's MacBook and MacBook Air.

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Rumor: Apple to adopt USB Type-C in another upcoming MacBook, whether it's Pro or Air

Rumor: Apple to adopt USB Type-C in another upcoming MacBook, whether it's Pro or Air

A new supply chain rumor suggests that Apple will bring USB Type-C ports from its 12-inch MacBook to another notebook in the lineup. The most likely candidate: the MacBook Pro. Here's why.

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Apple's Cook, Maestri bullish on short- and long-term iPhone SE impact

Apple's Cook, Maestri bullish on short- and long-term iPhone SE impact

Apple's 4-inch iPhone SE is attracting switcher and new-user sales in an otherwise slow period between major iPhone releases, and supply of the sought-after model is just now catching up with demand, leaving room for future growth, according to Apple executives.

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Apple supplier LG Display spends another $1.75B on flexible OLED production

Apple supplier LG Display spends another $1.75B on flexible OLED production

LG Display on Wednesday announced plans to spend 1.99 trillion won — about $1.75 billion — on a new flexible OLED production line, which could potentially help the company vie for Apple iPhone orders.

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ExclusiveApple preps first Mexican Apple Store ahead of push into Latin America

Apple preps first Mexican Apple Store ahead of push into Latin America

While Apple's growth, or lack thereof, in Greater China grabs headlines, work continues on a planned expansion into untapped markets like Mexico, where the company is poised to open its first retail store later this year.

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Australian banks say Apple Pay is anticompetitive, appeal to anti-trust regulators

Australian banks say Apple Pay is anticompetitive, appeal to anti-trust regulators

Three of Australia's major banks on Wednesday filed a joint application with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to force Apple into negotiations over the installation of third-party mobile payments software on iPhone.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Apple services will be size of Fortune 100 company by 2017, Cook says

Apple services will be size of Fortune 100 company by 2017, Cook says

Apple CEO Tim Cook during a quarterly investor conference call on Tuesday said he expects his company's services sector, which continues to exhibit growth despite slumping iPhone sales, to generate revenues equivalent to that of a Fortune 100 company next year.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook bullish on augmented reality, says company investing in AR tech

Apple CEO Tim Cook bullish on augmented reality, says company investing in AR tech

During Apple's quarterly conference call for the third fiscal quarter of 2016, Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed investments into augmented reality solutions, saying the nascent platform holds "huge" potential.

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Apple Pay exceeding expectations with 400 percent user growth in 2016

Apple Pay exceeding expectations with 400 percent user growth in 2016

During Apple's quarterly financial results call for the third fiscal quarter of 2016, CEO Tim Cook shed more light on Apple Pay's adoption and growth with purchasers and retailers.

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