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2017

Snapchat for iPhone gains 3D, augmented reality 'World Lenses'

Tuesday April 18, 2017

The iPhone version of Snapchat on Tuesday updated with a feature called World Lenses, making more advanced use of the augmented reality technology Snap has experimented with for over a year.

Google Maps adds Timeline support on Apple's iPhone & iPad

Tuesday April 18, 2017

Google on Tuesday announced another update to the iOS version of Google Maps, bringing support for a Timeline feature previously limited to Web and Android users.

Facebook reveals full Apple Music integration in Messenger, AR initiative at F8 conference

Tuesday April 18, 2017

At Tuesday's keynote speech for Facebook's F8 developer's conference, Facebook announced full Apple Music integration with Messenger is coming soon, plus an assortment of technologies and developer programs intended to boost augmented reality adoption for all users of the social media platform's apps.

Apple's GarageBand, iMovie, Keynote, Numbers, Pages now free for all iOS & macOS users

Tuesday April 18, 2017

Previously only free with purchase of new hardware, Apple's entire suites of iWork and surviving iLife apps on iOS and macOS are now free for all, with no purchase requirement.

Pandora Premium drops invite system, launches wide with iOS & CarPlay support

Tuesday April 18, 2017

Pandora Premium -- Pandora's on-demand music service, challenging Spotify and Apple Music -- moved out of an invite-only phase on Tuesday, launching for the general public including support for Apple's iPhone, iPad, and CarPlay.

Conde Nast uses Apple's iPhone 7 Plus to shoot covers for 'Bon Appetit,' 'Traveler'

Tuesday April 18, 2017

Publisher Conde Nast is continuing to use the powerful camera of the iPhone 7 Plus to its advantage in important areas of its publications, with two magazines using photographs generated by Apple-produced smartphone for their cover shots.

Apple Pay picks up over 25 more card issuers across US & China

Tuesday April 18, 2017

Apple on Tuesday added over 25 more banks and credit unions to its list supporting Apple Pay, spread around both the U.S. and China.

Availability of Apple's 12.9" iPad Pro slips to May as rumored update looms

Tuesday April 18, 2017

Possibly shedding some light on an anticipated refresh, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro stock situation appears to be dwindling, with nearly no stock of popular models in high-volume stores, and an expected refresh date across the board of May 16.

Pornhub launches TrickPics for iOS, an AR photo filter for censoring nude selfies

Tuesday April 18, 2017

Though its listing on the App Store is decidedly vague, a new app dubbed TrickPics is actually the creation of pornography streaming site Pornhub, allowing users to censor nude photographs on their iPhone with augmented reality.

State-backed fund may take minority stake in Toshiba's memory unit to prevent foreign buyouts

Tuesday April 18, 2017

The state-supported Innovation Network Corp of Japan may pursue a minority stake in Toshiba's memory business, allowing the government to block the sale of a majority stake to businesses deemed risky to national security -- including two Apple suppliers, according to a report.

W1 Beats Deals: Solo3 Wireless for $160 ($140 off); BeatsX for $120 ($20 off); Powerbeats3 Wireless headphones for $130 ($70 off)

Tuesday April 18, 2017

Amazon this week is slashing prices on popular Beats headphones equipped with Apple's W1 chip by up to $140. Pick up a pair of Solo3 Wireless headphones for $159.95 or save $20 on BeatsX earphones. Powerbeats3 Wireless Class 1 Bluetooth earphones are also $129.99, a discount of $70 off.

Logitech POP programmable button gains Apple HomeKit compatibility with new model

Tuesday April 18, 2017

Logitech has updated the its POP home automation line, adding support for Apple's HomeKit platform with a new hardware revision, giving users the ability to control smart home devices and scenes with the simple press of a button.

Teardown finds Samsung Galaxy S8+ battery 'virtually identical' to fire-prone Note 7

Tuesday April 18, 2017

Samsung is apparently confident that a rash of fires with its Note 7 phablet were caused by manufacturing errors, and not design or parts, as it has adopted many of the same features -- and even one of the same battery manufacturers -- with the new Galaxy S8+.

Apple still experimenting with 'iPhone 8' tech including curved screens, new camera systems

Tuesday April 18, 2017

Apple is testing a variety of different technologies for this year's "iPhone 8," according to a report reaffirming many rumors about the phone's features, such as an edge-to-edge Samsung OLED display and new camera technology.

New 'pro' iMac said to have discrete GPU and Xeon E3 processor, ship at end of 2017

Tuesday April 18, 2017

New supply chain reports suggest that Apple is gearing up for new iMac production, with a "server grade" model with Xeon E3 processor reportedly in the works.

Apple settles Unwired Planet patent suit for undisclosed amount

Tuesday April 18, 2017

Apple on Monday settled a years-long patent lawsuit leveled by non-practicing entity Unwired Planet, which sought $33 million in royalties for alleged patent infringement of cellular, mobile location and voice recognition IP.

Apple's Find my iPhone fingers a phone finagler

Monday April 17, 2017

Over 100 attendees of the Coachella music festival in Southern California this weekend were separated from their mobile devices by a pickpocket working the crowds. Fortunately, Apple's Find My iPhone feature saved the day by helping locate the pilfered phones, allegedly nabbed by Reinaldo De Jesus Henao of New York.

Apple A10 iPhone 7 speeds past Samsung Galaxy S8, Google Pixel, LG G6 & BBK 3T (with 2x RAM)

Monday April 17, 2017

Apple's lead in mobile performance--powered by the efficiency of iOS 10 and the computational speed of its custom A10 Fusion Application Processor--beats the newest, leading premium Androids in a wide range of tests from processor and 3D benchmarks to real-world device startup and app launching and multitasking. Not even 6GB of RAM and the extra cores of Qualcomm's fastest Snapdragon 835 can prop up the laggard, inefficient Android OS.

Google Maps for iOS gets Directions widget, location sharing via iMessage app

Monday April 17, 2017

Google on Monday updated its Google Maps iOS app with a new lock screen widget bearing turn-by-turn directions, as well as iMessage integration for the mapping service's newly released location sharing feature.

Apple's 'iPhone 8' again rumored to adopt stainless steel chassis, flat OLED, vertical iSight camera

Monday April 17, 2017

Seemingly confirming a handful of rumors regarding Apple's next-generation "iPhone 8" handset, a report out on Monday claims the forthcoming smartphone will feature a polished stainless steel "glass sandwich" design, vertical iSight camera array for augmented reality functionality and a flat OLED display.