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2018

Apple Music chief Jimmy Iovine expected to leave company in August

Thursday January 04, 2018

Former Interscope chief executive and Apple Music chief Jimmy Iovine, who came to Apple through its acquisition of headphone maker Beats, will reportedly leave the company later this year -- and will likely take a hefty payday with him when he does.

Apple's App Store rakes in over $890M during Christmas week, $300M on New Year's

Thursday January 04, 2018

Starting on Christmas Eve, App Store shoppers spent over $890 million in a period of just seven days, Apple revealed on Thursday, adding that people spent another $300 million on New Year's Day alone.

Spotify secretly files for IPO as it reaches 70M paid users

Thursday January 04, 2018

As Spotify grows its user base to over 70 million paid subscribers, the company has also filed in secret for public offering of shares of the company's stock, but will make the shares available to the public in a non-traditional manner.

Apple joins Alliance for Open Media, signaling support for AV1 video

Thursday January 04, 2018

Perhaps looking to get around licensing issues with H.265/HEVC, Apple has silently become a founding member of the Alliance for Open Media, a group working on a new video compression format known as AV1.

Apple planning new Toronto store at Yonge & Bloor [u]

Thursday January 04, 2018

Apple appears to be working on a new street-level store in Toronto, Canada, based inside an 85-story condominium at the corner of Yonge and Bloor, not far from Queen's Park and the Royal Ontario Museum. [Updated with corrected stats]

Apple T2 chip in iMac Pro takes control of boot, security, FaceTime camera functions previously managed by CPU

Thursday January 04, 2018

Apple's new T2 chip in the iMac Pro is far more than a refinement of the family of sub-processors that launched in the 2016 MacBook Pro, with expanded responsibility encompassing FaceTime camera image quality, drive security, and total control over the boot process.

Apple sues group that occupied Paris store to protest company's unpaid taxes

Thursday January 04, 2018

Apple has leveled a lawsuit against Attac -- the Association for the Taxation of Financial Transactions and Citizen's Action -- which ran protests at a number of French Apple stores on Dec. 2, including a brief occupation of the company's flagship Opera store in Paris.

As Apple acquires Shazam to deepen music knowledge, Microsoft's Cortana loses ability to recognize songs

Thursday January 04, 2018

The shutdown of Microsoft's Groove Music service has eliminated music recognition capabilities in the software giant's Cortana personal assistant, giving Apple's Siri -- and its tight integration with Shazam -- a leg up on the competition.

Samsung's Exynos 9810 mobile processor follows Apple's A11 chip with machine learning features

Thursday January 04, 2018

Samsung has launched its newest application processor for mobile devices, the Exynos 9 Series 9810, but claimed new features to the processor line, including depth-sensing face detection and deep learning capabilities, suggest Samsung may be borrowing some concepts from in Apple's A11 Bionic, used in the iPhone 8 and iPhone X.

Deals: $299 iPads; 13" Air for $879; 13" MacBook Pros as low as $1,199 ($100-$450 off), plus no tax in 48 states

Thursday January 04, 2018

January deals keep rolling in with cash savings on ultraportable devices. Save $30 on Apple's 2017 9.7-inch iPad or $120 on the latest 13-inch Air. MacBook Pros are also up to $450 off this week, with free shipping and no sales tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

Blade begins US signups for Shadow game streaming, iOS app coming soon

Thursday January 04, 2018

Previously available only in France, Blade's Shadow game streaming service is now taking early U.S. signups -- with an iOS app pending approval, AppleInsider can confirm.

Apple Pay promotion gives Instacart purchasers free delivery through January 10

Thursday January 04, 2018

Apple has teamed up with Instacart, granting users free delivery -- assuming that they pay with Apple Pay.

TiVo's Next-Gen Platform aims to help cable TV providers stream to Apple TV, iPhone, iPad

Thursday January 04, 2018

TiVo has revealed a plan to make it as easy as possible for viewers to watch the programming they want, with the announced "Next-Gen Platform" claimed to help provide cable and streaming service providers device and operating system-agnostic methods for content distribution, including to the Apple TV, iPhone, and iPad.

TSMC said to have locked up all 'A12' chip orders for Apple's 2018 iPhones

Thursday January 04, 2018

Chip manufacturer TSMC has reportedly secured all of Apple's "A12" processor orders for this year's iPhones, once again scoring a coup over Samsung.

Older, jailbroken iPhones or Apple TVs possibly susceptible to CPU kernel vulnerability

Thursday January 04, 2018

An ARM security update for the Cortex A8, Cortex A9, and Cortex A15 processors issued late on Wednesday suggests that older Apple iOS-based devices may be impacted by the CPU bug -- but they would have to be jailbroken, and running malware locally for the exploit to work.

AT&T announces plans to launch mobile 5G service in 12 cities by end of 2018

Thursday January 04, 2018

After the cellular industry agreed on specifications for the next-generation mobile 5G standard in December, AT&T on Wednesday announced plans to begin rolling out its own flavor of the speedy wireless technology by the end of 2018.

Intel claims CPU security flaw not unique to its chips, implies ARM and AMD chips could be affected [u]

Wednesday January 03, 2018

Intel has responded to reports of a wide-reaching kernel memory security issue, saying that it is an industry-wide issue, and not specific to Intel -- but the company fails to quantify specifically what it is doing to solve the problem.

Brazilian state says Apple refused to sign notification on iPhone battery issues

Wednesday January 03, 2018

Apple employees have declined to sign a notification requiring them to tell Brazilian iPhone owners how they can get discounted battery replacements, according to a state agency.

Developer adoption of Apple's ARKit tepid after iOS 11 launch, data suggests

Wednesday January 03, 2018

Less than 1,000 apps on the App Store support Apple's augmented reality tools, and the number of apps adopting ARKit has slowed since September, a new survey has found.

Apple developing 'Are You Sleeping' novel into video series with 'Serial' creator advising

Wednesday January 03, 2018

Apple has once again grown its list of video under production, with the development of Nichelle Tramble Spellman's "Are You Sleeping," with the "Serial" podcast creator onboard in an advisory role, and Reese Witherspoon's development company producing the show.