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2017

Apple Music scores exclusive rights to Sam Smith documentary, to stream live concert on Nov. 3

Tuesday October 24, 2017

Apple Music continues to rack up exclusive music-related video content, the latest being the short film "On the Record: Sam Smith -- The Thrill of it All," set to debut on the streaming service on Nov. 3.

First look: August Smart Lock Pro + Connect with Apple HomeKit [u]

Tuesday October 24, 2017

August's top-of-the-line package, the $279 Smart Lock Pro + Connect, lets people control a door from anywhere with internet access -- and with HomeKit support, becomes fairly easy to integrate with third-party accessories.

Apple posts two video tutorials for Portrait Lighting on iPhone 8 Plus

Tuesday October 24, 2017

Apple on Tuesday added two video tutorials to YouTube, guiding people through the Portrait Lighting mode on the iPhone 8 Plus.

How to use and train Apple's Siri for Messages, Calendar, and iTunes Music on your iPhone

Tuesday October 24, 2017

Between new users, and long-time iPhone owners just getting into Siri, there are a lot of people trying out Apple's voice recognition technology every day -- and getting upset that it's not exactly like a Star Trek computer. Siri does need training to be as good as it can, and to assist in that endeavor, there are a series of phrases and query construction tips to get started with.

iPhone X video shot at Apple HQ shows practical use of Apple Pay, Animoji [u]

Tuesday October 24, 2017

A YouTube video shot inside the One Infinite Loop Apple headquarters Caffe Macs restaurant depicts the iPhone X "in the wild," being used to pay for a meal with Apple Pay, as well as other basic uses.

Apple identifies automakers with wireless charging supporting iPhone 8 & 8 Plus

Tuesday October 24, 2017

Apple has issued a new support document identifying which auto brands -- and in some cases, specific vehicles -- offer iPhone 8-compatible wireless chargers.

How to customize Philips Hue Dimmer Switches to control any Apple HomeKit devices

Tuesday October 24, 2017

A recent firmware update for the Philips Hue lighting lineup has given HomeKit compatibility to the company's affordable dimmer switches. That means you can now customize the switches to your liking, making them control a multitude of HomeKit accessories beyond Hue bulbs. AppleInsider shows you how to do it.

Apple's Angela Ahrendts calls rumors of being Cook's successor 'fake news'

Tuesday October 24, 2017

In denying rumors that she's lined up to replace Tim Cook whenever he exits as CEO, Apple's senior VP of retail -- Angela Ahrendts -- borrowed a phrase from U.S. President Donald Trump.

Apple stores will have iPhone X launch units for walk-in customers -- but arrive early

Tuesday October 24, 2017

Apple on Tuesday revealed that it will have limited inventory of the iPhone X available for walk-in customers the day of its Nov. 3 release. However, the company added that prospective buyers are "encouraged to arrive early," as availability will be limited.

Supply chain suggests Apple will only get half of the iPhone X deliveries it wants in 2017

Tuesday October 24, 2017

New reports from unnamed supply chain sources claim that difficulty in production of the Face ID sensor suite has held up production of the iPhone X so much, that Apple is only going to get about 20 million units delivered before the end of 2017.

Apple Pay goes live in Denmark, Finland, Sweden and United Arab Emirates

Tuesday October 24, 2017

As promised earlier this year, Apple Pay on Tuesday expanded its international presence with activations in Denmark, Finland, Sweden and the United Arab Emirates, bringing the total number of countries supporting the service up to 20.

24 Hour Deal: Kensington SD5000T Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station for $249 ($100 off) with no tax in 48 states

Tuesday October 24, 2017

Today only, save $100 on Kensington's SD5000T Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station with free expedited shipping and no tax outside NY and NJ. Now $249.99, this flash deal provides shoppers with the lowest price available on the USB-C dock.

BNZ flips switch on Apple Pay in New Zealand

Monday October 23, 2017

The Bank of New Zealand on Tuesday local time activated Apple Pay integration for customers living in New Zealand, making it the second major financial institution to provide support for Apple's service in the region.

Third man charged in celebrity iCloud, Gmail hacking investigation

Monday October 23, 2017

An Illinois man was on Monday charged with a felony computer hacking offense for his role in a phishing scheme that targeted more than 550 Apple iCloud and Google Gmail accounts, some of which belonged to prominent Hollywood celebrities.

FBI director says smartphone encryption hindering investigations 'across the board'

Monday October 23, 2017

FBI Director Christopher Wray on Sunday revealed strong smartphone encryption has prohibited his agency from gleaning data from more than half of the devices it attempted to access in the past 11 months, hindering progress in a wide range of ongoing investigations.

Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, announce iPhone X discounts ahead of launch

Monday October 23, 2017

With just days to go before iPhone X preorders go live, three major U.S. carriers on Monday announced their respective discounts, deals and trade-in incentives for the device, some of which can save buyers up to $350.

Apple opens up pre-approval for iPhone X buyers in iPhone Upgrade Program

Monday October 23, 2017

People in Apple's annual iPhone Upgrade Program can now get their loans pre-approved ahead of this Friday's iPhone X preorders, a critical step if they want a chance at getting one of the few launch-day units likely to be available.

Survey finds iPhone X & 8 purchase intent at highest level since Apple launched the iPhone 6

Monday October 23, 2017

Amid concerns over the debut of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, a new survey finds that the trio of those phones plus the iPhone X is generating considerable buying buzz, with 69 percent of North American consumers planning to buy a new iPhone within the next 3 months.

Documents show Clinton administration chummy with Steve Jobs, but dismissed cabinet member suggestions

Monday October 23, 2017

While Steve Jobs had friendly ties with President Bill Clinton and the then-First Lady Hillary Clinton -- and hosted Jobs on several occasions -- the White House did reject two of Jobs's suggestions for cabinet members.

New York City subway will replace MetroCard with Apple Pay tap-to-pay starting in 2018

Monday October 23, 2017

The New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Monday approved a new $573 million contract that will see subway turnstiles support contactless payment services, including Apple Pay on iPhone and Apple Watch.