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2017

Nintendo's 'Fire Emblem: Heroes' grosses $2.9M in first-day sales

Friday February 03, 2017

Japanese gaming giant Nintendo's second mobile effort, Fire Emblem Heroes, raked in $2.9 million in worldwide gross revenue after just 24 hours on sale, according to statistics released on Friday.

South Korean policy forces smartphone makers to report battery fires after Samsung Note 7

Friday February 03, 2017

Smartphone producers will have to advise the South Korean government of incidents where devices explode or catch fire as immediately as possible, according to new safety regulations expected to be announced in the country next week.

Google sells off Terra Bella satellite unit to Planet Labs

Friday February 03, 2017

Alphabet's Google on Friday confirmed a deal to sell off its satellite mapping business, Terra Bella, to Planet Labs -- which despite earlier speculation is unlikely to affect Google Maps or by extension its main competition, Apple Maps.

iMac Deals: Save $170 to $370 on 27-inch iMac 5K & 21.5-inch iMac 4K desktops with AppleCare plus no tax outside NY & NJ

Friday February 03, 2017

In the market for a new iMac? Readers this week can save $170 to $370 on current-generation 27-inch iMac 5Ks (Late 2015) paired with AppleCare extended protection plans. Or take $170 to $270 off 21.5-inch iMac 4Ks bundled with AppleCare. Apple's 21" iMac HD line is also up to $170 off with our exclusive coupon -- all with free shipping and no tax collected outside NY and NJ.

Apple display supplier Sharp turns first profits in years under Foxconn control

Friday February 03, 2017

Japan's beleaguered Sharp, a regular Apple LCD supplier, generated its first quarterly net profits in two years during the December quarter -- its first under the management of Apple's main assembly partner, Foxconn.

Apple offers $199.99 Pro Apps Bundle for Education, including Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X

Friday February 03, 2017

On Friday, Apple rolled out a Pro Apps bundle for educators and students, giving purchasers of the $199 bundle download codes from the Mac App Store for Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X, Motion 5, Compressor 4, and MainStage 3.

Apple refuses Irish finance committee meeting for second time

Friday February 03, 2017

Apple has declined a second invitation to a meeting with a finance committee in Ireland over the European Commission's $14 billion tax ruling, while Irish Finance Minister Michael Noonan has accused the regulator of making a politically motivated decision.

Apple CEO Tim Cook to receive honorary degree, give 'fireside chat' at University of Glasgow

Friday February 03, 2017

The University of Glasgow will award Apple CEO Tim Cook next Wednesday with an honorary doctorate of science, as well as host a "fireside chat" open to students, staff, and alumni, the Scottish institution announced on Friday.

Facebook looks to build friend lists with 'Discover People' feature on Apple's iPhone & iPad

Friday February 03, 2017

In a bid to encourage new connections between users and keep them engaged with the social network, Facebook is now gradually rolling out a "Discover People" feature across its apps for iOS and Android.

In filing for $3 billion IPO, Snapchat identifies Apple as a major competitor

Friday February 03, 2017

Snap Inc, the company behind the Snapchat iOS app, is preparing an initial public offering which it hopes can raise $3 billion, with the Securities and Exchange Commission filing identifying Apple and its iMessage platform as one of its main competitors.

Apple exceeds targets in latest bond sale, raises $10 billion

Friday February 03, 2017

Looking to generate more money for its shareholder return program without repatriating foreign cash, Apple has completed a sale of $10 billion in bonds, with underwriters including Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, and others.

New batch of LG UltraFine 5K displays will have enhanced RF shielding, may not completely fix the problem [u]

Friday February 03, 2017

After delving into the cause of wi-fi router interference, LG has redesigned the shielding on future production batches of the Thunderbolt 3 UltraFine 5K display -- but not only may this not directly address other user's connectivity complaints, how existing monitor owners will get the problem fixed is not yet clear.

AppleInsider podcast talks earnings, iPhone ASP, and Tim Cook's HomeKit experience

Friday February 03, 2017

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk through Apple's earnings call, Wall Street raising price targets, and what it's (probably) like to use HomeKit at Tim Cook's house.

Lawsuit claims Apple forced users to iOS 7 by breaking FaceTime

Thursday February 02, 2017

A class-action lawsuit filed in California on Thursday alleges Apple schemed to force iPhone users to upgrade to iOS 7 in a bid to save money on a data services deal with Akamai, a move that rendered older hardware like iPhone 4 and 4S unusable.

Indian IT minister welcomes Apple proposal to build iPhone in Bengaluru, suggests production starts soon

Thursday February 02, 2017

Continuing the political shell game that is Apple manufacturing in India, a local IT minister issued a statement on Thursday welcoming the company's proposal to manufacture iPhone hardware in Bengaluru.

Reports of LG UltraFine 5K Display problems persist, may relate to Thunderbolt cables

Thursday February 02, 2017

Apple's issues with the LG Ultrafine 5K Display may reach further than problems associated with nearby Wi-Fi routers, as users are now reporting worrying hardware troubles unrelated to networking hardware.

Launch of Apple's delayed BeatsX earbuds 'imminent,' stock check site claims

Thursday February 02, 2017

Apple's long-delayed BeatsX earbuds, one of the first to feature the company's new W1 wireless chip, may finally be on the verge of shipping, according to a website monitoring activity at online stores worldwide.

Irish government recalculation of Apple's EU tax bill close to $14 billion estimate

Thursday February 02, 2017

The 13 billion euros ($14 billion) Apple is requested to pay Ireland as part a European Commission ruling over tax is likely to be an accurate figure, with the Irish finance minister advising the amount calculated by government officials is in a similar ballpark to the Commission's number.

Valentine's Day Gift Guide: How to score the best deal on the perfect Apple gift

Thursday February 02, 2017

With Valentine's Day less than two weeks away, we're rounding up the best deals on the hottest gifts for that special someone on your shopping list. From coupon discounts on MacBook Pro laptops to instant savings on iPhone 7 accessories, there are gift ideas for every budget.

Spotify's former head of label relations recruited for identical role at Apple Music

Thursday February 02, 2017

Apple on Thursday confirmed the hiring of Steve Savoca, once in charge of Spotify's label relations, as it looks to equip Apple Music and/or iTunes with a more competitive catalog.