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2017

Spotify buys blockchain startup Mediachain Labs to track, manage music royalties

Wednesday April 26, 2017

Spotify on Wednesday announced the purchase of Brooklyn-based startup Mediachain Labs, a company which developed technology that can help the streaming music giant better track online content and reward owners with royalty payments.

A very false narrative: Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Apple's iPhone

Wednesday April 26, 2017

It's hard to escape the media pronouncements that iPhones are now boring again after Samsung unveiled its latest Galaxy S8, Apple's Mac business is being overshadowed by more exciting Surface Windows PCs from Microsoft and that Apple Watch is a disappointing dud. But all of those media narratives are wrong, here's why.

Alleged 'iPhone 8' schematic shows wireless charging pad, no rear Touch ID

Wednesday April 26, 2017

New purported schematics for Apple's "iPhone 8" show the rear of the device, possibly backing up claims that the product will switch to vertically-aligned lenses -- albeit without a Touch ID sensor.

How Apple's 'iPhone 8' could improve battery life with 2-cell design, OLED screen

Wednesday April 26, 2017

The hurdles to better battery life in modern devices are both technical, in terms of power consumption, and physical, as limited by space available. Apple's upcoming "iPhone 8" is rumored to address both of those issues, potentially allowing for longer battery life than ever.

Final Cut Pro X now has over 2 million users, Apple says

Wednesday April 26, 2017

Final Cut Pro X -- once a controversial redesign of Apple's professional video editing suite -- has topped 2 million users, the company announced at this week's National Association of Broadcasters conference in Las Vegas.

Amazon Echo Look and iOS app judges your wardrobe choices with machine learning

Wednesday April 26, 2017

On Wednesday, Amazon expanded its Alexa family of devices with the Echo Look -- a voice recognition device with a camera tailored to snapping a shot of your outfit, rating it, and giving you alternate choices in conjunction with an iOS app.

Google Maps adds parking reminders on Apple's iPhone

Wednesday April 26, 2017

Taking a cue from Apple Maps, Google has updated its own Maps app for the iPhone with support for parking reminders, including both manual and automatic options.

Apple's HomeKit accessory list updated with new Ecobee 4 thermostat, more devices shipping

Wednesday April 26, 2017

Apple has updated its curated page of HomeKit-compatible devices, notably adding the as-yet unreleased Ecobee4 Smart Thermostat, and removing a Bluetooth extender and a Lightwave to HomeKit bridge.

$24K worth of products stolen in 2nd recent robbery at Apple's Corte Madera, Calif., store

Wednesday April 26, 2017

Robbers reportedly struck an Apple outlet in Corte Madera, Calif. this week, stealing some $24,000 worth of goods just months after a previous raid on the store.

NAB Show 2017: FeiyuTech iPhone gimbals

Wednesday April 26, 2017

AppleInsider is on the scene at the 2017 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show with a look at some of the hottest gear designed to work with Apple products. In this video, we take a closer look at some of FeiyuTech's handheld iPhone gimbals.

Verizon debuts unlimited data plan for prepaid customers

Tuesday April 25, 2017

Verizon on Monday introduced a new unlimited data tier for prepaid customers, with the plan adding to the mobile carrier's four capped options.

Apple AI guru Tom Gruber speaks of artificial intelligence's 'inevitability' at TED

Tuesday April 25, 2017

Speaking at the TED conference, Siri co-founder and Apple AI expert Tom Gruber declared that artificial intelligence should be used less to replace humans, and more to enhance aspects of humanity that are unreliable or fail with time, like memory.

Samsung, LG concerned by Apple's plans to replace OLED with micro-LED in 2017 Apple Watch 3, later iPhones

Tuesday April 25, 2017

Later this year, Apple is expected to begin production of its advanced new power-efficient display technology known as micro-LED, which is expected to initially be used to replace OLED in Apple Watch Series 3. The shift is part of a series of moves that is concerning Samsung, LG and other South Korean suppliers.

Keynote, Numbers, Pages iWork apps updated for both macOS and iOS

Tuesday April 25, 2017

On Tuesday, Apple updated its Pages, Numbers, and Keynote applications for iOS and macOS, with the biggest addition being a numeric keypad for Numbers users on the iPad.

Hubbell buys out Apple HomeKit accessory maker iDevices

Tuesday April 25, 2017

iDevices -- currently best known as a smarthome accessory maker, with devices supporting Apple HomeKit and Amazon Alexa -- has been bought out by Hubbell, a major player in B2B electrical and electronics products.

Waymo launches widescale test of self-driving rides in Phoenix

Tuesday April 25, 2017

Alphabet's autonomous car division, Waymo, is expanding a ridehailing trial in Phoenix, Ariz., to members of the general public, marking perhaps the biggest real-world use of self-driving technology to date.

Apple shows off Dubai store with massive 186-foot curved glass facade

Tuesday April 25, 2017

Set to open to the public this Thursday, Apple is touting its new eco-friendly retail store in Dubai, including a 186-foot curved storefront and a balcony overlooking both Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain.

Apple to launch 'Today at Apple' retail sessions in late May [u]

Tuesday April 25, 2017

Towards the end of May Apple plans to launch a new series of education sessions at its stores dubbed "Today at Apple," retail head Angela Ahrendts revealed on Tuesday. [Updated with official session details]

First look: Rigiet iPhone camera gimbal is an affordable way to stabilize video recordings

Tuesday April 25, 2017

Before its crowdfunding campaign kicked off on Tuesday, AppleInsider had the opportunity to go hands-on with Rigiet, a new iPhone-compatible camera gimbal offering super-smooth video recording at a budget price.

Production of Apple's 'iPhone 8' said to be affected by unspecified Samsung OLED problems

Tuesday April 25, 2017

Another supply chain source suggests that the "iPhone 8" supply in 2017 will be profoundly hamstrung has emerged, but for a different reason -- tight supplies of the the Samsung OLED screen.