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2017

Apple execs Tim Cook and Eddy Cue rub elbows with media elite at Sun Valley retreat

Thursday July 13, 2017

Apple CEO Tim Cook and SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue were spotted at the annual Allen & Co retreat in Sun Valley, Idaho, this week, where they will hobnob with industry leaders, political elites and more.

Waymo & Uber in settlement talks over stolen self-driving technology

Thursday July 13, 2017

Alphabet's self-driving car subsidiary, Waymo, is in court-ordered settlement talks with Uber -- though the former maintains that its lawsuit can prove Uber used trade secrets taken by one-time employee Anthony Levandowski.

Sweetgreen iPhone app applies meal calorie counts to Apple Health

Thursday July 13, 2017

Organic food restaurant Sweetgreen has added the ability to apply calorie counts for take-out dishes to Health data when orders are placed through an app -- and it appears to be among the first of its kind.

Facebook's Oculus to fight Apple's AR and VR push with new $200 standalone headset in 2018

Thursday July 13, 2017

Facebook's Oculus is apparently in the early stages of developing a standalone mobile headset, with use cases like watching a movie on a plane, without needing a connected computer or smartphone.

EE extends six-month Apple Music promo, exempts listening from data caps

Thursday July 13, 2017

Starting July 19, U.K. carrier EE will extend its offer of free six months of Apple Music to all its "pay monthly" and SIM-only customers, the company's CEO said on Thursday.

'Baby Driver' cut in real time with Avid on Apple's 15-inch MacBook Pro

Thursday July 13, 2017

Hit film Baby Driver was cut essentially in real time on set on a MacBook Pro, cutting way back on the need for expensive post-primary photography re-shoots.

Amazon working on new Echo with better speakers in response to Apple HomePod

Thursday July 13, 2017

Apparently in response to Apple's HomePod announcement, Amazon is reportedly working on a new flagship Echo speaker that will improve on the original in virtually every respect.

Photo app Infltr briefly goes free in official Apple Store promotion

Thursday July 13, 2017

Apple is now offering free redemption codes for Infltr -- a camera/editing tool for the iPhone and iPad that usually costs $2 -- to users of the Apple Store iOS app.

As Apple prepares premium-priced 'iPhone 8,' luxury smartphone maker Vertu collapses

Thursday July 13, 2017

Premium smartphone maker Vertu, known for extremely expensive devices made with high-end materials, has announced it will no longer build handsets. The move comes as Apple is expected to release its most expensive iPhone ever, though not quite to the exorbitant prices Vertu charged.

Apple's unified iPhone userbase could help kickstart augmented reality industry

Thursday July 13, 2017

Apple's hegemony over its hardware and software platforms could boost not just the company's own augmented reality efforts, but the AR industry in general -- in a way that hasn't been managed by Google so far.

Apple Park drone footage may be ending, with security forces seeking to cease flights

Thursday July 13, 2017

The latest drone footage from Apple park shows the march of progress towards completion, but it is not clear how many more videos there will be of the campus. with Apple reportedly cracking down on drone pilots in the area.

Apple has been working on rumored 'iPhone 8' facial recognition solution for at least 3 years

Thursday July 13, 2017

An Apple patent application published Thursday details a method of unlocking a mobile device using facial image and depth data gleaned from specialized sensors and cameras, lending credence to rumors that the company is developing facial recognition systems to augment, or replace, Touch ID fingerprint scanning.

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Thursday July 13, 2017

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Uniloc continues legal assault against Apple with two new patent suits

Wednesday July 12, 2017

So-called "patent troll" Uniloc added to its quickly growing list of patent infringement lawsuits against Apple on Wednesday, filing two separate actions targeting AirPlay and Continuity features.

Apple's 'iPhone 8' to feature rear-facing 3D laser for AR and faster autofocus, report says

Wednesday July 12, 2017

Apple is reportedly working to implement a specialized rear-facing laser system in its upcoming "iPhone 8" that will facilitate augmented reality applications, like those produced with ARKit, as well as faster and more accurate autofocus capabilities.

Apple rival Huawei debuts KFC-branded Android phone in China

Wednesday July 12, 2017

Apple's main competition in China -- Huawei -- has taken the unusual step of releasing a Kentucky Fried Chicken edition of the Enjoy 7 Plus to mark the 30th anniversary of the restaurant chain arriving in the country.

Apple Mac sales slip in Q2 despite new hardware launches

Wednesday July 12, 2017

Despite the debut of a slew of new Mac products in June, Apple's PC sales dipped in the second quarter of 2017, though greater losses from competitors helped buoy the tech giant's overall market share, according to estimates from market research firm Gartner.

New Microsoft artificial intelligence app for iPhone describes world for visually impaired

Wednesday July 12, 2017

Microsoft on Wednesday released Seeing AI, an iPhone app that attempts to analyze its surroundings and describe them audibly for people with impaired vision.

Bank of America predicts 3-4 week 'iPhone 8' delay, but still a record breaking 2018 for Apple

Wednesday July 12, 2017

After a supply chain visit, Bank of America Merrill Lynch is the latest firm to predict a launch up to a month later than usual for the as-yet unannounced "iPhone 8" and an accompanying drop in sales through the end of the calendar year -- but still a blockbuster 2018 ahead for Apple.

iPhone-connected accessories rank among top Amazon Prime Day sellers

Wednesday July 12, 2017

A few iPhone- and iPad-compatible accessories were among the bestsellers on Prime Day, Amazon's one-day sales event held on July 11 -- though one of Amazon's own products topped global charts.