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2017

Twitter makes 280-character tweets official, begins global rollout

Tuesday November 07, 2017

Twitter on Tuesday brought a doubled 280-character limit on tweets out of limited testing, making the change official across most countries where the social network operates.

Low markups in Beijing's gray market suggest lower Chinese demand for Apple's iPhone X

Tuesday November 07, 2017

Gray market iPhone X dealers in Beijing are reportedly charging much smaller premiums for the iPhone X than they did for last year's iPhone 7 Plus, allegedly reflecting lower Chinese demand in general.

Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad order delays fuel speculation about new model for iMac Pro

Tuesday November 07, 2017

Mac users looking to buy the Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad face a long wait before getting their hands on the peripheral if they order it through Apple's online store, with the long backorder time potentially suggesting a change to the hardware is on the way.

Encryption debate may start anew with discovery of Sutherland Springs shooter's smartphone

Tuesday November 07, 2017

The Sutherland Springs church shooting in Texas is likely to restart the smartphone encryption debate, with the FBI in possession of the shooter's locked and encrypted smartphone.

Deals: Top of the line 2016 13" Touch Bar for $2,299 ($600 off); 2017 27" iMac 5K $1,649; 10.5" iPad Pro (LTE) for $849 + 0% financing offer

Tuesday November 07, 2017

Pre-Black Friday deals are heating up this week with instant markdowns on iMacs, MacBooks, iPads and Apple TV 4Ks in addition to 0% special financing offers. Save $600 on a loaded 2016 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar or $150 on a 2017 27" iMac 5K. Apple's 15" MacBook Pros are also $200 off, while iPad Pros are $60 to $100 off, and the 32GB Apple TV 4K is $10 off. All with no tax collected on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

Israel-based Corephotonics sues Apple over iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus dual-lens camera

Tuesday November 07, 2017

Israel-bases company Corephotonics has sued Apple, alleging that the iPhone manufacturer has used four of its patents surrounding dual-camera technology in the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus without permission or licensing.

Apple Pay Cash support arrives in iOS 11.2 beta as public testers receive second build

Tuesday November 07, 2017

Just a day after developers were supplied with a second pre-release beta of iOS 11.2, Apple issued a new build for public testers as well, but with one small surprise: Apple Pay Cash is now available to try ahead of its public launch.

First look: ElevationDock 4 is first MFi-certified Lightning dock to work one-handed

Tuesday November 07, 2017

Accessory maker ElevationLab is back at it with their fourth-generation iPhone and iPad charging dock, using an integrated Lightning connector, adjustable plug and back, and micro suction cups to allow for sturdy one-handed undocking.

Pixelmator Pro coming on November 29 for introductory $59, new Vectormator app teased

Tuesday November 07, 2017

The Pixelmator developers have turned to Apple's CoreML machine learning toolset, and are releasing image editing suite Pixelmator Pro on November 29 for an introductory price on macOS of $59, with an iPad version coming soon.

Walmart Pay uses bizarre metric to claim its dominance over Apple Pay is approaching

Tuesday November 07, 2017

A recently published study claims that WalMart Pay is getting ready to surpass Apple Pay -- but fails to acknowledge the more limited reach that the QR code-based service has versus Apple's.

Analysts claim iPhone continues to control US smartphone market in Q3

Tuesday November 07, 2017

Apple is continuing to lead other smartphone manufacturers in terms of smartphone shipments to the United States in the third quarter, according to Strategy Analytics, despite an alleged dip in iPhone shipments during the period, and an overall year-on-year contraction of the U.S. smartphone market.

iPhone X availability expands to 14 more countries before the end of November

Tuesday November 07, 2017

Following what appears to have been a blockbuster first weekend of sales of the iPhone X, Apple has announced that it is expanding sales of the device to 14 more countries on Nov. 23 and Nov. 24.

Apple Domain Northside retail store in Austin, Texas opening on Saturday Nov. 11

Tuesday November 07, 2017

Apple will open its newest Apple store in Austin, Texas on Saturday at Domain Northside, with the early store nearby likely to shutter.

Apple launches another $7 billion bond sale to fund stock buyback, other programs

Tuesday November 07, 2017

Apple continues to leverage bond sales and low interest rates to fund both its stock buyback program and green initiatives, with an upcoming $7 billion sale to hit U.S. debt capital markets.

Wistron looking to add new Apple-centric factory after iPhone SE successes in India

Tuesday November 07, 2017

Apple's iPhone SE supplier in India, Wistron, has reportedly identified a few areas where it could build a new plant to continue building the company's products locally.

Apple slams story of cash hidden in Jersey to reduce taxes, calls itself 'largest taxpayer in the world'

Monday November 06, 2017

In a rare blog posting, Apple listed a series of inaccuracies in the "Paradise Papers" tax story reported by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, while outlining its business in Cork, Ireland; emphasizing that the company is the "largest taxpayer in the world" and repeating that it "pays every dollar it owes in every country around the world."

iOS 11.2 will let app devs charge less for introductory auto-renewing subscriptions

Monday November 06, 2017

With iOS 11.2, currently in beta testing, app developers will be able to offer cheaper introductory rates to auto-renewing subscribers.

iPhone X Super Retina HD gets A+ from DisplayMate: "best performing smartphone display we have ever tested"

Monday November 06, 2017

In evaluating the new iPhone X display, Dr. Raymond M. Soneira of DisplayMate called it the "most innovative" and "best performing smartphone display we have ever tested," noting in particular its leading absolute color accuracy, the highest full screen brightness for an OLED smartphone, highest full screen contrast rating in ambient light and highest contrast ratio, with the lowest screen reflectance and smallest brightness variation with a viewing angle.

Apple reaping higher profits from each iPhone X sold than iPhone 8, analysis claims

Monday November 06, 2017

Despite the expense of technologies like a 5.8-inch, edge-to-edge OLED display and a 3D facial recognition camera, the iPhone X is actually more profitable per-device than the iPhone 8, according to a research estimate published on Monday.

Video: Safari credential AutoFill through Face ID on Apple's iPhone X

Monday November 06, 2017

If you've got iCloud Keychain and Safari's AutoFill turned on, Face ID on the iPhone X will let you quickly log into virtually any website.