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2017

Microsoft ends support for its ill-fated iPhone competitor, Windows Phone

Tuesday July 11, 2017

Microsoft on Tuesday terminated support for Windows Phone 8.1, marking the end of an era in which the company tried to directly compete against Android devices and Apple's iPhone.

Intel announces 'Purley' Xeon processors, possibly destined for Apple's iMac Pro

Tuesday July 11, 2017

Intel has taken the wraps off of its Purley series of Xeon processors, and it appears that there are a few candidates for possible processors that could be included in Apple's iMac Pro, slated to launch this December.

MagSafe replacement comes to Apple's 15" MacBook Pro with Vinpok Bolt-S USB-C adapter

Tuesday July 11, 2017

A new USB-C adapter and cable from Vinpok will soon return MagSafe-like functionality to the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, complete with 87 watts of charging power.

Volvo brings Apple's CarPlay to new VNL semi trucks

Tuesday July 11, 2017

Volvo on Tuesday launched its new VNL line of semi trucks, which in upgraded configurations support Apple's CarPlay standard, bridging iPhones with dash displays.

Apple extends free repairs for first-gen Apple Watch back covers to three years

Tuesday July 11, 2017

Apple has quietly extended free repairs for separated back covers on the first-generation Apple Watch to three years, regardless of warranty coverage.

Siri has commanding lead in users over Google Assistant, Samsung S Voice in the US

Tuesday July 11, 2017

A new study of voice recognition assistants on smartphones shows Apple's Siri to be in the lead of all other comers -- but usage industry-wide appears to be dropping.

Toshiba in talks with Western Digital, Apple-backed Foxconn consortium about chip unit sale

Tuesday July 11, 2017

Despite having picked another group as the preferred bidder for its memory business, Toshiba is reportedly talking to two other interested parties as well -- Western Digital, and a Foxconn consortium including Apple, Dell, and Kingston.

Analyst sees 'iPhone 8' super cycle falling just short of 2016 iPhone 6 sales heights

Tuesday July 11, 2017

One analyst firm has broken from the pack, and is cautioning investors that it fears that the "iPhone 8" so-called "supercycle" may be overblown, and that the sales for fiscal year 2018 will fall just short of those lofty heights.

GoPro trials Fusion 360-degree VR camera with Fox & others ahead of late 2017 launch

Tuesday July 11, 2017

GoPro announced on Tuesday that its spherical, 5.2K virtual reality Fusion camera is shipping to participants in an early pilot program, some prominent examples being Digital Domain, Fox Sports, Getty Images, the Golden State Warriors, and USA Today.

Supposed 'iPhone 8' back panel without Touch ID resurfaces in new leak

Tuesday July 11, 2017

A photograph posted to Chinese microblogging service Weibo claims to show a production glass panel back bound for Apple's rumored "iPhone 8," with the alleged part lacking a cutout for a Touch ID fingerprint reader.

Apple Maps gains public transit directions for Las Vegas, Reno, other Nevada regions

Monday July 10, 2017

Apple has expanded public transit directions for Maps to several major urban areas in Nevada, most notably Las Vegas and its surroundings.

Will the 'iPhone 8' cost $1200+? Apple has already been pushing flagship prices higher for years

Monday July 10, 2017

This fall's redesigned flagship iPhone is expected to be the most expensive handset Apple has ever produced. But that shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who has been watching the company push even further into premium pricing for some time.

Apple releases third developer betas of iOS 11, High Sierra, tvOS 11

Monday July 10, 2017

Apple has updated three of its developer betas including iOS 11, macOS 10.13 High Sierra, and tvOS 11, but left WatchOS 4 behind on beta 2, for now.

iPhone owners more excited about HomePod or Beats than Amazon Echo, survey finds

Monday July 10, 2017

Interest among iPhone users in the upcoming HomePod speaker is greater than that of the Apple Watch prior to its launch, and more users are planning on buying Apple-produced speakers than Amazon Echo devices.

As Apple preps VR support in High Sierra, Facebook slashes Oculus Rift price to $400 in summer sale

Monday July 10, 2017

Facebook has launched a six-week summer sale on the Oculus Rift headset -- and while there is no official support for it from the company, it can be used in conjunction with High Sierra and the SteamVR beta.

Eddy Cue offers new Apple Park lunch auction after June one raises over $200K

Monday July 10, 2017

Apple's head of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, is participating in a new charity auction for a lunch meeting at Apple Park -- less than a month after another fetched over $200,000.

Apple sets up office near HQ of outgoing graphics tech supplier Imagination Technologies

Monday July 10, 2017

Apple has reportedly opened an office in St. Albans in the U.K., just a few miles away from the Kings Langley headquarters of its outgoing mobile graphics partner, Imagination Technologies.

Apple announces location of new $921 million iCloud data center in Denmark

Monday July 10, 2017

Apple has announced plans to build a new $921 million data center in Denmark near the German border, its second in the country.

Prime Day 2017 Roundup: The best deals on tech hardware & accessories, including Apple devices

Monday July 10, 2017

Last year's Amazon Prime Day marked the largest day of sales for the e-commerce giant. This year additional retailers, such as Adorama and B&H, are offering their own aggressive discounts, often beating Amazon's prices on Apple hardware with no sales tax outside NY and NJ. We're rounding up a list of the hottest Prime Day bargains with updates throughout the day.

iTunes' share of video sales and rentals market reportedly in free fall amidst competition from Amazon, Comcast

Sunday July 09, 2017

Facing increased competition from the likes of Amazon and Comcast, Apple's once commanding market share lead in the online video sales and rental industry has been more than halved, according to a new report.