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2017

This week on AI: Apple may buy Shazam, 2018 iPhone rumors, Apple Pay Cash & more

Saturday December 09, 2017

Word that Apple might buy Shazam capped off a week which saw the release of several important OS updates, more 2018 iPhone rumors, and the long-promised arrival of Amazon Prime Video on the Apple TV.

Apple celebrates holidays with Beer Bash featuring Gwen Stefani

Friday December 08, 2017

To ring in the holidays, Apple on Friday invited employees to attend a semi-annual Beer Bash at its Cupertino, Calif., campus, where singer Gwen Stefani showed up to perform a few cuts off her new holiday album.

Apple commits 'Turi Create' machine learning development tool to GitHub

Friday December 08, 2017

Building on its acquisition of machine learning and AI specialist Turi, Apple this week committed "Turi Create" to GitHub, a new machine learning framework designed to help developers build machine learning models that can be parlayed into apps running on its major operating systems.

Jony Ive returns to hands-on control of Apple design team

Friday December 08, 2017

Apple's chief design officer, Jony Ive, has reportedly resumed management of the company's design team, in a move that should influence the direction of future products.

Apple close to buying music identification service Shazam, report says

Friday December 08, 2017

Apple is reportedly in late stage talks to acquire Shazam, a popular content recognition and identification app that is currently rounding up investments as it moves toward an initial public offering.

Apple debuts new Hermes Watch band, case options for iPad Pro, Apple Pencil & iPhone 7 Plus/8 Plus

Friday December 08, 2017

Apple has ushered in another batch of new accessories for its mobile devices, presumably hoping to snag holiday shoppers -- or people who will customize Apple gifts after the fact.

Apple offers day at Beats 1's LA studio in charity auction for MusiCares

Friday December 08, 2017

Apple's latest charity auction is offering a "one-day internship" at the Los Angeles studio for Beats 1 radio, with proceeds going to benefit MusiCares, a Recording Academy organization that provides crisis support for musicians.

Verify your identity to ensure smooth Apple Pay Cash transactions

Friday December 08, 2017

Apple and financial institutions want to make Apple Pay Cash as frictionless as possible for simple person-to-person money transfers. But if you want to send a larger amount of money, or spend your Apple Pay Cash at a retail store, you may need to verify your identity for security purposes. If you want to get that verification out of the way up front, AppleInsider shows you how to do it.

Green Monday 2017 Deals: Find the best discounts and lowest prices on MacBooks, iMacs, iPads, iPhones, Apple Watch and more

Friday December 08, 2017

Green Monday is here with fresh deals on MacBooks, iMacs, iPads, Apple Watches, Apple TV 4Ks, headphones and even iPhones. From exclusive coupon discounts to instant cash rebates, shoppers can save hundreds of dollars with no sales tax collected in 48 states on many items, plus no interest financing incentives on popular products.

Apple opens online sales to 563M people in Asia through partnership with Alibaba's Lazada

Friday December 08, 2017

Apple has partnered with Lazada, owned by Alibaba, to bring official online sales of its products to several southeast Asian countries: Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, and Vietnam.

Apple's 'TV' app goes live in France, Germany & UK [u]

Friday December 08, 2017

Apple on Friday quietly brought its "TV" app for iPhones, iPads, and the Apple TV to Europe, offering a centralized way of watching shows and movies from iTunes and various compatible streaming apps. [Updated with info about Sweden & Norway]

Apple pushes Amazon Prime Video on Apple TV with 'What's New' screen, paid Twitter ads

Friday December 08, 2017

Apple has gone all-in on promoting the new Amazon Prime Video app, and is not only telling users that it is available after a tvOS 11.2 update, but has taken out Twitter "promoted" tweets noting it as well.

Apple Watch's GymKit expands to UK, Apple says retrofits possible on some machines

Friday December 08, 2017

GymKit -- the technology that allows two-way sync between an Apple Watch and compatible cardio machines -- made its London debut this week at a Virgin Active gym near Mansion House, where Apple's director of fitness for health technologies, Jay Blahnik, was on hand for a press demonstration.

AppleInsider podcast talks AirPods, 2018 iPhones, iOS 11.2, and STEM education with MakeCrate

Friday December 08, 2017

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about 2018 iPhones, what's rumoured for next year from Apple, and iOS 11.2's surprise release. Victor also talks with Katie Stephens, founder of MakeCrate, about how to encourage interest in engineering.

Apple supplier Finisar to scale VCSEL production, suggests Face ID coming to all iPhones in 2018

Friday December 08, 2017

Apple's second largest supplier of vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL) arrays, Finisar, announced the acquisition of a 700,000-square foot plant on Thursday, a move that suggests TrueDepth and Face ID are coming to all iPhones in 2018.

2018 OLED iPhones might feature single cell L-shaped battery design, all models to bump capacity

Friday December 08, 2017

Apple is developing L-shaped batteries to power two new OLED iPhone models set to debut next fall, according to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who notes all three handsets expected to launch next year will boast increased energy capacities.

Apple to transition Brazilian iTunes sales to local currency in early 2018

Thursday December 07, 2017

In email notifications sent out to Brazilian customers on Thursday, Apple said it plans to transition iTunes pricing from U.S. dollars to the Brazilian real in 2018, offering potential savings on music, apps and more.

Hilton to roll out 'Connected Rooms' controlled by mobile devices in 2018

Thursday December 07, 2017

Hilton on Thursday announced plans for what it calls the "Connected Room," an initiative that will allow hotel guests to manage and control a range of internet-connected devices from their smartphone.

YouTube to reportedly launch paid music service in March

Thursday December 07, 2017

YouTube is preparing a new subscription streaming music service that parent company Alphabet hopes will challenge industry incumbents Spotify and Apple Music, according to a report on Thursday.

How to make the most of Amazon Prime Video on Apple TV

Thursday December 07, 2017

The long-awaited Amazon Prime Video is finally available on Apple TV and iOS, and although the UI might not be perfect, support for Siri and Apple's TV app really adds to the user experience.