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2017

Nintendo's new Switch console will allow remote parental controls via Apple's iPhone

Friday January 13, 2017

In announcing its upcoming Switch console this week, Nintendo revealed that parents will have access to extensive controls on how their children play by way of a mobile app available for Apple's iOS.

Snapchat for iPhone adding universal search bar to speed up interactions

Friday January 13, 2017

Image and video sharing app Snapchat is making itself easier and quicker to navigate by username, via a soon-to-arrive update for iOS introducing a universal search bar that gives access to core functions.

Apple Music rival Pandora cuts 7% of US staff despite upturn in subscribers

Friday January 13, 2017

One of Apple's competitors in the music space, Pandora, has announced plans to lay off 7 percent of its U.S. workers -- excluding those at Ticketfly -- despite improvements in its paid subscriber base, and plans to launch on-demand streaming.

AppleInsider podcast talks 10 years of iPhone, CES, and more

Friday January 13, 2017

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about 10 years of iPhone, all the HomeKit things introduced at CES, and what's going on with Apple and transportation.

Apple culture of secrecy claimed to cause Swift lead's exit, but Chris Lattner denies report

Friday January 13, 2017

According to colleagues, Swift developer Chris Lattner reportedly left Apple because of a culture of secrecy within the company -- a claim that Lattner denies.

Apple suppliers Foxconn, Sharp, TSMC all weigh building manufacturing plants in USA

Friday January 13, 2017

Three of Apple's key suppliers -- Foxconn and its subsidiary Sharp, as well as chipmaker TSMC --have all expressed interest in taking advantage of business-friendly incentives proposed by incoming U.S. President Donald Trump, though no commitments have been made.

Apple boosts tvOS app size limit to 4GB

Thursday January 12, 2017

Apple on Thursday announced a change in App Store policy which increases the size limit of tvOS app bundles from 200 megabytes to 4 gigabytes, a boost that should provide a better end user experience upon initial installation.

US appeals court says public has right to sue Apple over App Store exclusivity

Thursday January 12, 2017

A U.S. federal appeals court ruled on Thursday that people do indeed have the right to sue Apple over limiting iOS devices to apps from the App Store, potentially paving the way for an open app marketplace in the future.

Consumer Reports now recommends MacBook Pro after Apple software fix

Thursday January 12, 2017

In a bit of backpedaling, Consumer Reports on Thursday said it can now recommend Apple's new MacBook Pro lineup after a software fix remedied battery life inconsistencies found in previous testing.

Apple seeds iOS 10.2.1 beta 4 to developers and public testers

Thursday January 12, 2017

Just days after Apple seeded a third beta version of iOS 10.2.1 to developers, the company on Thursday issued a fourth iteration of the forthcoming operating system for testing.

Suspected San Bernardino iPhone penetrators Cellebrite fall victim to server hack

Thursday January 12, 2017

Cellebrite, the Israeli digital forensics firm thought to have provided the FBI with assistance to break the security of the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, has confirmed it has been the victim of a security breach of one of its servers.

Google updates Maps on iOS with better ridesharing UI, end-to-end Uber integration

Thursday January 12, 2017

Google on Thursday updated its Maps apps for iOS and Android alike with a new, more in-depth ridesharing interface, including deeper integration with Uber that lets people hail a car without switching apps.

Safari not able to play new 4K videos from YouTube homepage, likely due to VP9 shift

Thursday January 12, 2017

What appears to be Google's shift to the VP9 codec for delivering 4K video on the YouTube homepage is preventing Safari users from watching videos uploaded to the service since early December in full 4K resolution, but not from viewing webpage-embedded videos in the same resolution.

Fitbit attempted to acquire rival Jawbone last month to fight Apple Watch, report claims

Thursday January 12, 2017

Jawbone could have become the latest acquisition of main rival Fitbit, with a report alleging the two fitness wearable competitors discussed a possible sale of assets at the end of last year, talks that ultimately broke down over a low-ball offer.

Rumored 10.5-inch iPad may align with dimensions of iPad mini, resolution of iPad Pro

Thursday January 12, 2017

Apple's rumored plans for a 10.5-inch iPad -- not much larger than 9.7-inch models -- may make more sense when considering the size of the iPad mini, and the resolution of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

Apple issues fourth macOS Sierra beta, second update in less than a week

Thursday January 12, 2017

Apple on Thursday updated its beta macOS for the second time in a week, and has made the fourth beta of macOS Sierra available to developers for evaluation and testing.

HTC's new U series phones follow Apple's iPhone 7 in eliminating headphone jacks

Thursday January 12, 2017

In a surprise announcement, HTC on Thursday revealed two new flagship phones, the U Ultra and U Play -- both of which, like Apple's iPhone 7, abandon a headphone jack in favor of digital-only audio.

With Verizon, Comcast, Spectrum customers still waiting, Cable One joins Apple's Single Sign-On

Thursday January 12, 2017

Apple has added cable company Cable One to its Single Sign-On feature for iOS and tvOS, while most cable subscribers in the U.S. still can't utilize the feature at all.

Adobe concept demonstrates editing images on iPad using just your voice

Thursday January 12, 2017

Photographs may be edited by voice commands alone in the future, creative software producer Adobe hopes, showcasing a new proof-of-concept video that shows a Siri-like digital assistant on an iPad being used to make changes to an image.

Amazon steps up video offerings with Anime Strike, its first self-branded content on Channels

Thursday January 12, 2017

Amazon on Thursday launched Anime Strike, its first self-branded option under the Amazon Channels subscription program -- with more coming soon, the company said.