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2016

Amazon looks to debut Echo-only streaming music service, undercut industry pricing by half

Monday August 22, 2016

In a move that undercuts the entire streaming music industry, online retail giant Amazon is reportedly developing $4 or $5 per month subscription service that could see release next month. The catch: the service only works with Amazon Echo hardware.

Apple issues sixth public, seventh developer betas of macOS Sierra

Monday August 22, 2016

Apple on Monday released sixth public and seventh developer previews of macOS Sierra, continuing to pave the way for a final release due sometime this fall.

Sony readies its first aftermarket receiver with Apple CarPlay support

Monday August 22, 2016

Expanding CarPlay's so-far limited number of aftermarket upgrade options, Sony has announced the XAV-AX100, its first receiver to support the Apple platform.

10th anniversary Apple Music Festival to start Sept. 18 in London

Monday August 22, 2016

Apple on Monday announced the 10th anniversary Apple Music Festival, which will run from Sept. 18 through 30 at London's Roundhouse.

Samsung adopting Apple-like plan to sell refurbished smartphones

Monday August 22, 2016

Samsung is reportedly planning a dip into first-party sales of refurbished phones, pursuing a strategy similar to Apple in an effort to boost profits.

Apple may launch three new iPhones in 2017, limiting curved OLED to one model - report

Monday August 22, 2016

Apple is preparing not two but three new iPhone models for 2017, the third of which will have a curved OLED screen similar to the Edge versions of Samsung's Galaxy phones, a report claimed on Monday.

Google removing support for Chrome Apps in Mac browser by 2018

Monday August 22, 2016

Google is continuing a migration away from Chrome apps, and has revealed a plan to cut packaged and hosted apps from its standalone Web browser in the next two years.

Apple loses ground in Indian smartphone market, iPhone 5s still favored over SE - research

Monday August 22, 2016

Despite Apple attempts to push deeper into the Indian smartphone market, the iPhone is still largely failing to gain traction, according to a recent research study.

Deals: $400 of 21" iMac; $270 off 13" MacBook Pro; 8GB 13" Air for $800; $120 off 12.9" iPad Pro

Monday August 22, 2016

Shoppers this week can snap up a 21" iMac for $899. Or pick up a 128GB 12.9" iPad Pro (Wi-Fi + 4G LTE) for $959 at B&H. Apple's current 13" MacBook Pro is also marked down to $1,030 on eBay, while the 13" Air with 8GB of memory is $200 off, and a refurbished 32GB 12.9" iPad Pro with a 2-year warranty is $589.99 at Daily Steals.

Apple's health push continues with reported buyout of digital records firm Gliimpse

Monday August 22, 2016

Earlier this year Apple purchased personal health data startup Gliimpse, a report revealed on Monday, potentially setting the stage for enhancements to CareKit, HealthKit, and ResearchKit.

Barbra Streisand says 'Sept. 30' iOS update will fix Siri's pronunciation of her name

Monday August 22, 2016

In a weekend radio interview, singer Barbra Streisand claimed that Apple will be fixing the way Siri pronounces her name in the "next update" of iOS, supposedly going out Sept. 30.

Foxconn acknowledges deaths of two workers from Apple-focused Zhengzhou plant [u]

Monday August 22, 2016

On Monday Apple's primary manufacturing partner, Foxconn, disclosed the deaths of two workers from its Apple-oriented Zhengzhou factory, though there don't appear to be any immediate links to conditions at the plant. [Updated]

Apple shakes up retail workforce with new and renamed job titles, other changes

Sunday August 21, 2016

In an "all-hands" meeting for retail staff this weekend, Apple reportedly introduced a slew of significant changes including three new job titles, renamed existing positions, and even an updated corporate credo it wants workers to follow.

Frank Ocean releases new album 'Blonde' as Apple Music exclusive

Sunday August 21, 2016

Two days after dropping a "visual album" called "Endless," Frank Ocean on Saturday debuted his hotly anticipated album "Blond" -- "Blonde" on Apple Music and iTunes -- as a two-week windowed exclusive on Apple's streaming music service.

Apple Annapolis latest to get 'next generation' retail treatment

Saturday August 20, 2016

Apple opened its relocated Annapolis Mall store in Maryland on Saturday with "next-generation" renovations developed under retail chief Angela Ahrendts, including a large custom TV display, interactive wooden cabinetry and a massive sales floor.

This week on AI: Future iPads, no LTE on Apple Watch 2, 'iPhone 7' street date & more

Saturday August 20, 2016

Though "iPhone 7" rumors continued to pour in ahead of next month's expected launch, the stars of the show this week may have been stories about what future iPads will bring, and what the second-generation Apple Watch might not.

Lyft attempted sale to Apple, Didi Chuxing, Uber, GM, others

Friday August 19, 2016

Lyft, the second-largest ride-hailing firm in the U.S., in recent months made overtures to sell itself to tech companies, automotive manufacturers and competitors, but failed to hook a buyer.

Apple-1 'celebration' auction bids hit $270K

Friday August 19, 2016

A motherboard that appears to be one of the first ever produced for the Apple-1 is up for auction on CharityBuzz, and has been valued at nearly $1 million.

Apple opens Red Cross donations towards Louisiana flood relief

Friday August 19, 2016

Apple on Friday launched donations to the American Red Cross via iTunes and the App Store, spurred by the flooding in Louisiana which has forced thousands of victims out of their homes and caused widespread property damage.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 glass screen more easily damaged than any iPhone

Friday August 19, 2016

Reviewers and YouTube examiners are discovering that the new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Gorilla Glass 5 screen is susceptible to screen scratches. However, the Gorilla Glass manufacturer Corning disagrees with the test results, and has fired back.