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2017

YouTube TV comes to 14 more US cities like Boston, Seattle & Pittsburgh

Thursday August 17, 2017

Google's nascent YouTube TV on Thursday expanded into 14 more U.S. cities, a few notable places being Baltimore, Boston, Las Vegas, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Seattle, and Tampa.

2017 MacBook Deals: High-end 15" for $2,549 ($250 off); 512GB 13" Touch Bar for $1,824 ($175 off); 12" MacBook for $1,199 w/ no tax in 48 states

Thursday August 17, 2017

Shoppers looking for deals on Apple's latest Mid 2017 models can take advantage of bonus coupon savings in addition to already reduced pricing this week. Pick up the high-end 15" MacBook Pro with Radeon 560 graphics for $2,549 or the 512GB 13" Touch Bar for $1,824 ($175 off). The 12" MacBook is also $100 off with no tax outside NY and NJ.

Comcast brings Xfinity Mobile nationwide, iPhone users must buy or rent

Thursday August 17, 2017

Four months after a limited initial launch, Comcast on Thursday expanded its Xfinity Mobile service to all Xfinity internet customers across the U.S., with some other limitations in tow -- most notably that people buy or rent a new phone.

Encryption key for iPhone 5s Touch ID exposed, opens door to further research

Thursday August 17, 2017

Just prior to a hacker's conference, a participant has revealed that the iPhone 5s Secure Enclave has been hacked, and the decryption key for it has been revealed. However, at present, there is nothing for iPhone users immediately worry about.

Inside iOS 11: New security feature allows users to temporarily disable Touch ID, quickly call 911

Thursday August 17, 2017

The latest beta release of iOS 11 includes a new security feature, with a few button presses making it impossible to unlock your phone with Touch ID, as well as giving a quick option to dial 911. Here's how to use it.

Quanta pegged as supplier for Apple Watch 'Series 3,' shipments allegedly start in holiday quarter

Thursday August 17, 2017

With the rumor mill starting to churn in advance of Apple's expected September release event, a new report cites manufacturer Quanta as the manufacturer of the device -- with shipments starting sometime before Christmas.

Lawsuit over Apple retail workers' unpaid bag checks may go to California Supreme Court

Thursday August 17, 2017

A class action suit over Apple store workers' unpaid time spent in bag checks may soon be headed to the California Supreme Court, after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals appealed to the institution for guidance.

McDonald's uses 'iPhone 8' render to promote Australian iPhone app

Thursday August 17, 2017

McDonald's Australia is using a render of Apple's upcoming "iPhone 8" in an email promoting the company's "mymacca's" iPhone app, various social media posts noted on Thursday.

Irish finance minister decries EU's demand for $15B+ in Apple back taxes, says it's not Ireland's job

Thursday August 17, 2017

In a German interview this week, Ireland's finance minister attacked the European Commission's ruling calling for the collection of $15 billion in back taxes (plus interest) from Apple, saying it was both unjustified and outside Ireland's responsibility.

Steve Jobs Theater given closeup in latest Apple Park drone footage

Thursday August 17, 2017

One of the last sets of drone footage while Apple Park is still under construction highlights the ever-growing landscaping taking place, and a close-up of the uncovered Steve Jobs Theater.

Alleged Apple 'iPhone 8' internal part mistakenly identified, could instead be external charging pad

Thursday August 17, 2017

A pair of pictures purporting to be from the "iPhone 8" wireless charging feature are clearly too large to be internal parts, but could possibly be part of the device's external charging pad.

Apple CEO Tim Cook addresses Charlottesville, company to donate $2M to fight hate

Wednesday August 16, 2017

Responding to last weekend's demonstrations in Charlottesville, Va., Apple CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday sent a letter to company staff deriding hate groups, bigotry and violence, while denouncing President Donald Trump's "equivalence" of white nationalists and human rights advocates.

AT&T revives free Apple TV offer for new DirecTV Now subscribers

Wednesday August 16, 2017

AT&T on Wednesday renewed a promotional plan that offers new DirecTV Now customers a free 32GB Apple TV when they sign up for a three-month paid subscription.

Video: iOS 11 introduces new Smart Invert viewing mode

Wednesday August 16, 2017

Apple is introducing a new Smart Invert viewing mode in iOS 11 that intelligently inverts all screen colors except for those is displayed media, such as photos, videos, and icons. The feature might be used to extend battery life on the upcoming OLED-equipped "iPhone 8."

Netflix to spend $7B on content in 2018

Wednesday August 16, 2017

Apple is reported to spend some $1 billion on original content in 2018, but the number pales in comparison to streaming leader Netflix, which anticipates to spend seven times that on its own offerings next year.

Apple disables Apple Pay for websites selling white supremacist goods

Wednesday August 16, 2017

Following recent events in Charlottesville, Va., Apple has disabled Apple Pay support for a number of websites selling apparel and other paraphernalia emblazoned with Nazi symbols and white nationalist imagery.

Cypress IoT software development kit takes advantage of Apple's new, open HomeKit policy

Wednesday August 16, 2017

The chip manufacturer responsible for a wide array of "internet of things" devices, Cypress Semiconductor, has announced an updated version of its development kit, adding HomeKit support and iCloud certification to the package.

Tony Fadell-backed Keyssa partners with Foxconn, Samsung on fast new wireless data tech

Wednesday August 16, 2017

A startup backed by iPod creator and Nest founder Tony Fadell is reportedly partnering with Samsung Electronics, Apple manufacturer Hon Hai/Foxconn, and other firms on a new short-range wireless data standard that could in some cases bypass the need for Wi-Fi or USB.

Apple Watch with LTE may not support cellular voice calls at launch, instead focus on data

Wednesday August 16, 2017

In a push to improve the user experience of the Apple Watch, a new LTE-connected model expected to arrive later this year will reportedly focus on delivering data to users faster, meaning FaceTime and apps may serve as a stand-in for cell phone calls.

Luxury carmaker Genesis adds remote start feature through iPhone Google Assistant app

Wednesday August 16, 2017

Luxury automotive car manufacturer Genesis has rolled out an update for its vehicles, allowing users to issue voice commands to start the car, lock the doors, and more -- all through the Google Assistant app.