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2016

Apple supplies third betas of iOS 9.3, OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 to public testers

Wednesday February 10, 2016

Members of Apple's public beta program now have access to the third preview builds of both iOS 9.3 for iPhone and iPad, as well as OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 for Mac.

AI 'drivers' will gain same legal status as human drivers in autonomous vehicles, NHTSA rules

Wednesday February 10, 2016

The artificial intelligence in a self-driving vehicle can be treated as the "driver" from a legal standpoint, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a decision that could set an important precedent for Apple's own self-driving car.

Deals: $100 off WiFi iPad Pros; 13" MacBook Airs with free Apple Super Drives & 50% off AppleCare

Wednesday February 10, 2016

This week, readers can grab the lowest prices anywhere on all of Apple's current generation 13" MacBook Airs bundled with 3 full years of AppleCare extended protection, and also snag a free Apple Super Drive, free shipping, and no sales tax in 48 states with each order. Plus the biggest discounts yet on WiFi iPad Pros.

Apple's in-house CDN efforts spell trouble for Akamai as infrastructure biz warns of losses

Wednesday February 10, 2016

Seminal internet infrastructure provider Akamai has cautioned investors that traffic from its two biggest clients -- Apple and Microsoft -- will decline in the year ahead, thanks to what chief executive Tom Leighton called their "DIY efforts."

System outage prevents adding Visa cards to Apple Pay

Wednesday February 10, 2016

Apple reported an unusual network problem on Wednesday, preventing some owners of Visa credit or debit cards from adding them to Apple Pay.

Proposed bill would ban US states from mandating backdoors in encryption

Wednesday February 10, 2016

A bipartisan bill introduced to the U.S. House of Represenatives on Wednesday would bar individual states and localities from requiring backdoors in encryption, something often demanded by law enforcement officials and intelligence agencies.

Google to ban Adobe Flash-based display ads, go 100% HTML5

Wednesday February 10, 2016

Google's massive AdWords network will no longer accept new display ads made in Adobe Flash as of June 30, the search giant announced this week, as it works to phase out the much maligned Internet plugin.

Apple Pay in-app transactions rapidly expanding beyond NFC payment terminals

Tuesday February 09, 2016

App developers are increasingly adopting Apple Pay as a fast, convenient way to enable purchases, often as an alternative to standing in line at a store's cash register or manually entering in billing and shipping information.

Apple Music to go live on Sonos connected speakers tomorrow

Tuesday February 09, 2016

After month of waiting, Apple Music subscribers who are also invested in the Sonos speaker ecosystem will finally get native access to Apple's streaming music service on Wednesday, a report said Tuesday.

Sparkle software updater leaves 'huge' number of Mac apps open to attack

Tuesday February 09, 2016

A "huge" number of third-party Mac apps are under threat of man-in-the-middle attacks due to a recently discovered vulnerability in Sparkle, an open source framework used to facilitate software updates.

First look: Apple adds voice dictation to latest Apple TV with tvOS 9.2 beta 3

Tuesday February 09, 2016

This week's release of tvOS 9.2 beta 3 further addresses the device's text input shortcomings, giving users the ability to enter words using their voice, rather than the onscreen keyboard.

Apple's biggest Florida store coming to Brickell City Centre in Miami

Tuesday February 09, 2016

Apple's largest-ever Florida outlet will debut within Brickell City Centre, a new open-air shopping mall launching in Miami this fall, according to reports.

Deals: Gazelle paying extra for old MacBooks this week; 15" MacBook Pro for $1,599 ($400 off)

Tuesday February 09, 2016

Got an old MacBook laying around? Gazelle this week wants to pay you an extra $25 in cash on top of its existing cash trade in value. Meanwhile -- at $1,599 -- this week's listing for Apple's current 15" MacBook Pro (2.2GHz, 16GB, 256GB) is the lowest price we've ever seen for this model, at $400 off MSRP.

New job listing hints at wider number of clock face options for Apple Watch

Tuesday February 09, 2016

Future versions of watchOS should incorporate more clock face options, building on the 12 already included, a new Apple job listing discovered by AppleInsider suggests.

Belkin's ScreenCare+ Application System for iPhone launches at US Apple Stores

Tuesday February 09, 2016

Accessory maker Belkin has partnered with Apple to bring its ScreenCare+ Application System to the iPhone maker's retail stores in America, allowing customers to have a screen protector professionally installed.

Hackers trying to bribe Apple workers into handing over login information, report says

Tuesday February 09, 2016

Hackers are trying to bribe workers at Apple's Irish offices with thousands of euros, hoping to gain access to sensitive company login information, according to several people within the company.

Russia's new Internet czar vows to make Apple & Google pay more taxes

Tuesday February 09, 2016

In an effort to bolster local competitors, Russia's new Internet adviser to president Vladimir Putin plans to raise taxes on American companies, singling out Apple, Google and Microsoft as targets.

Munster: Apple likely to fold VR into 'Made for iPhone' program within 2 years

Monday February 08, 2016

Following up on a recent flurry of Apple acquisitions and key hires from the augmented reality/virtual reality field, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster believes the iPhone maker plans to pivot on iOS in a bid for the mixed reality space within the next two years.

Apple's Notes for Mac to support Evernote file imports in OS X 10.11.4

Monday February 08, 2016

Apple's Notes app, included as part of the upcoming OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan software update, has been confirmed to support Evernote .enex file format imports in what could be a move to convert users to the iCloud native format.

Apple open-sources Swift benchmarking suite

Monday February 08, 2016

Apple on Monday took its Swift benchmark suite open source, providing developers access to a wide-ranging set of tools designed to track project performance and catch bugs in code written in the company's fledgling programming language.