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2018

Apple to host 'Introduction to ARKit' session at Game Developers Conference

Wednesday February 07, 2018

Developers hoping to incorporate augmented reality into iOS games and apps will be able to get some assistance from Apple itself during the upcoming Game Developers Conference, as part of the 'Introduction to Apple's ARKit' session presented by the iPhone and iPad producer.

HomePod doesn't have manual EQ options, will auto-adjust based on analytics says Apple's Eddy Cue

Wednesday February 07, 2018

People buying a HomePod will have to rely on the speaker's own automatic EQ adjustments, as there are no manual controls, Apple's senior VP of Internet Software and Services said at today's Pollstar Live conference for the concert industry.

Nest absorbed into Google to better battle HomeKit, Alexa for home automation supremacy

Wednesday February 07, 2018

Google is merging the Nest and the native Google Home hardware team to "supercharge" the goal of conquering the smarthome market.

Apple blames misdirected Search Ad reports on 'processing error,' makes corrective changes

Wednesday February 07, 2018

A mistake in which Search Ads Basic reports were sent to the wrong developers was linked to a "processing error," and safeguards have been put in place to prevent a repeat incident, Apple said this week.

HomeKit-compatible Philips Hue Bridge updated to support Zigbee 3.0 smart light bulbs

Wednesday February 07, 2018

Philips has issued new firmware for its HomeKit-compatible Hue lighting system, updating the Bridge to include support for Zigbee 3.0, allowing it to work with a wider array of connected lights, lamps, and similar devices produced by other companies.

Apple on engineer hiring spree, with steady expansion since 2016

Wednesday February 07, 2018

Data gleaned from Apple's job postings suggests that the company has amped up its hiring of hardware engineers, with an 80 percent increase in staffing needs from the fall of 2016 to the start of 2018.

Apple lets public test iPhone Battery Health setting in iOS 11.3 beta 2, issues developers watchOS 4.3 beta 2

Wednesday February 07, 2018

Members of Apple's public beta program can now test the new Battery Health settings available in iOS 11.3 beta 2 on select devices. In addition, a second beta of watchOS 4.3 was also issued.

Apple Pay picks up 26 more US banks & credit unions

Wednesday February 07, 2018

Apple has updated its roster of banks and credit unions with Apple Pay to include 26 more U.S. institutions, filling in a shrinking number of coverage gaps.

NYT reporter uses megaphone to decry 'slow death' of 5-year-old iPad mini running iOS 9, admits hardware still works fine

Wednesday February 07, 2018

An editorial in the New York Times complains about the slow death of the writer's five-year-old iPad mini, while still noting that everything about it functions fine -- if not in the eternally new fashion the author demands.

Beijing fines bogus 'Apple service center,' confiscates fake products

Wednesday February 07, 2018

Beijing has reportedly fined a fake "Apple service center" in the Chinese capital some $43,000 for intellectual property violations, confiscating fake products in the process.

Goldman Sachs initiates coverage of AAPL stock with neutral outlook, dismisses iPhone X 'super cycle' hype

Wednesday February 07, 2018

Investment firm Goldman Sachs initiated coverage of the investment world's largest company, Apple, this week, and set things off with a pessimistic tone, projecting the stock price will stay relatively flat over the next year.

Last call: Save $500 on every iMac Pro at B&H with free shipping and no tax outside NY & NJ

Wednesday February 07, 2018

Today is the last day to exclusively save $500 on every new iMac Pro at B&H Photo, from the standard model for $4,494 to maxed out 18-core systems. This cash discount is in addition to free shipping with no tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ. Request a coupon code today!

Apple cracks down on unsanctioned use of its emoji designs in third-party apps

Wednesday February 07, 2018

Apple appears to be taking a harder stance against developers using its custom emoji font, known as Apple Color Emoji, even in the case of apps that have been using the art for years.

Apple Watch can detect early signs of diabetes with 85% accuracy, study finds

Wednesday February 07, 2018

Amid rumors that Apple is working on a non-invasive glucose monitoring system for Apple Watch, researchers are using cutting edge software science to prove the heart rate sensors in current-generation wearables can successfully detect early signs of diabetes.

Apple wants to make it easier to afford pricey products, in talks for new financing deal with Goldman Sachs

Wednesday February 07, 2018

Apple and Goldman Sachs are in conversations, which if fruitful, could result in alternate financing options for Apple buyers across the board in the future.

Apple retail stores to accept Alipay mobile payments in China

Wednesday February 07, 2018

In a move seemingly designed to increase sales and local sentiment, Apple will soon accept payments from popular Chinese service Alipay at its 41 brick-and-mortar stores in the country, the first third-party system in the world to enjoy support from Apple's retail arm.

Apple's proposed Australian flagship store faces public opposition, called 'Pizza Hut pagoda'

Wednesday February 07, 2018

Apple is facing a rare adverse reaction to the design of a proposed global flagship store in Australia, with the Melbourne City Council on Tuesday voting to lobby the government and Apple for a new aesthetic.

ESPN to launch $4.99/month streaming service this spring, live TV requires ESPN subscription

Tuesday February 06, 2018

Disney CEO Bob Iger on Tuesday officially announced plans to debut a long-rumored ESPN streaming service, saying the sports-centric offering will launch this spring as part of a redesigned ESPN app.

Last call: $100 off plus free $10 gift card with CalDigit 15 Port Thunderbolt 3 Dock; $600-$1,000 off 15" MacBook Pro

Tuesday February 06, 2018

Readers this week can preorder CalDigit's brand-new TS3 Plus 15-port Thunderbolt 3 Dock with a 1 meter cable for $269 ($100 off) with a free $10 B&H gift card. This exclusive bonus is in addition to free expedited shipping and no tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

Uber reinstates Maps extensions, Siri integration in update

Tuesday February 06, 2018

Uber in an update to its iOS app on Tuesday re-enabled Maps and Siri integrations that were inexplicably removed in January, suggesting the apparent error originated with the ride sharing app and not Apple's operating system.