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2016

Apple Pay gains support for 31 Australian credit unions, small banks with Cuscal deal

Tuesday November 08, 2016

As Australia's largest banks look to stymie Apple Pay's expansion efforts for their own gains, Apple and payments solutions firm Cuscal on Wednesday local time announced a deal that will bring the fledgling payment service to 31 credit unions and regional banks.

Ireland to submit appeal of EU's $14.5B Apple tax ruling on Wednesday

Tuesday November 08, 2016

The Irish government is about to formally submit its appeal of the European Commission's tax ruling on Apple, Finance Minister Michael Noonan announced on Tuesday.

Apple relaunches online sales of refurbished iPhones [u]

Tuesday November 08, 2016

For the first time in years, Apple has begun selling refurbished iPhones from its U.S. online store, giving people a cheaper way of getting into the iPhone ecosystem while still having official warranty support. [Updated with corrections]

Apple hardware, software support iOS app now available in the Netherlands

Tuesday November 08, 2016

Apple has performed what may be a soft launch of a new Apple Service app in the Netherlands, allowing users in that country to schedule Genius Bar appointments, as well as get live chat-based support for Macs, iPads, and iPhones.

Apple's engineering in new MacBook Pro paves way for speedy Optane storage in future models

Tuesday November 08, 2016

Apple has set the table for inclusion of the future XPoint-based Optane SSD technology in an iteration of the MacBook Pro, potentially leading to dramatically faster access times and transfer speeds than conventional SSDs.

Second public beta of Apple's iOS 10.2 now available

Tuesday November 08, 2016

Members of Apple's public beta program can now access a second pre-release build of iOS 10.2, packing in newly redesigned emoji and bug fixes.

Tesla buys Grohmann Engineering to speed up electric car manufacturing

Tuesday November 08, 2016

While Apple is still deciding whether or not to design its own electric car, Tesla has announced its acquisition of Grohmann Engineering, which could help dramatically increase output of the Model S, X, and 3.

Apple Pay holiday promotions offer online shoppers free rush shipping, discounts, rewards

Tuesday November 08, 2016

A new initiative intended to drive Apple Pay use on the web, coinciding with the debut of Touch ID on the new MacBook Pro, offers shoppers exclusive offers and discounts this holiday season.

Filing suggests Apple investing big in OLED supply, increasing capital expenditure

Tuesday November 08, 2016

An investment firm has delved deeply into Apple's most recent Securities and Exchange Commission 10-K filing, and sees purchase orders extending over one year in duration which suggests to them that Apple is in the middle of a big OLED buy from Samsung -- the main supplier of the technology.

Deals: 13" MacBook Air (8GB) for $799; $399 Apple Watch Series 2 in stock; 15" MacBook Pro for $1,599; Black Friday app bundle $19.99

Tuesday November 08, 2016

Shoppers this week can save $400 on a 15" MacBook Pro (back in stock) or $200 on a 13" MacBook Air with 8GB of memory. Apple Watch Series 2 (42mm, Pearl Woven Band) is also in stock for $399 with no tax outside NY (plus avoid Apple's 2-3 week wait time). A 2015 512GB 12" MacBook is also $899.99, while a Black Friday Mac app bundle is under $20.

Wistron building MacBook Pro Touch Bars after original supplier falls short - report

Tuesday November 08, 2016

Because of problems experienced by an initial supplier, Taiwan's Wistron is now handling at least some orders for the Touch Bar keyboard on the MacBook Pro, reports claimed on Tuesday.

Netflix soon to be added to video options for Comcast X1 customers

Tuesday November 08, 2016

Movie streaming service Netflix will be available to Comcast subscribers with an X1 set-top box as soon as November 10, but won't be exempt from the 1TB data cap recently levied against a good portion of Comcast's internet customers.

Investigators raid Samsung's Korean HQ amidst country's presidential scandal

Tuesday November 08, 2016

South Korean prosecutors raided the headquarters of Apple rival Samsung on Tuesday, looking for evidence that the company might have illegally offered gifts to Choi Soon-sil, a woman accused of exploiting her connections to President Park Geun-hye.

Samsung takes out full-page ad to apologize to Galaxy Note 7 users for quality issues

Tuesday November 08, 2016

Attempting to put the Galaxy Note 7 debacle behind it, Samsung has paid for a full-page apology to consumers that appeared on Tuesday in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post.

Apple said to be 'aggressive' in ordering MacBook Pro units, strong sales expected through 2017

Tuesday November 08, 2016

Apple is said to be bullish on sales prospects for its long-awaited MacBook Pro update, placing significant orders with suppliers through the end of the year and into 2017, according to a new supply chain report.

Apple patents augmented reality mapping system for iPhone

Tuesday November 08, 2016

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent detailing an augmented reality mapping system that harnesses iPhone hardware to overlay visual enhancements onto live video, lending credence to recent rumors suggesting the company plans to implement an iOS-based AR strategy in the near future.

Twitter entertains offers to keep Vine video service alive

Monday November 07, 2016

Twitter's recently announced execution of video sharing service Vine might be stayed, as the microblogging giant is reportedly fielding bids from potential buyers interested in keeping the niche app alive.

Apple hires talent, buys technology from bankrupt streaming music startup Omnifone

Monday November 07, 2016

Apple recently hired a handful of former employees and purchased key technology from defunct streaming music startup Omnifone, a report said Monday, clearing up rumors suggesting Apple acquired the now bankrupt company earlier this year.

Verizon debuts 5GB and 10GB prepaid data plans

Monday November 07, 2016

On Monday, U.S. wireless carrier Verizon introduced two more plans for its prepaid smartphone customers, supplementing three existing options.

Samsung to debut Viv-based AI assistant alongside Galaxy S8

Monday November 07, 2016

Samsung on Monday confirmed plans to include a new AI assistant with its upcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone, which should make use of the technology it acquired from Viv -- a firm founded by some of the people behind Apple's Siri.