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2017

Head of Indian telecoms regulator says Apple dragging its heels on government 'do not disturb' app

Tuesday August 08, 2017

Apple is being "anti-consumer" and engaging in "data colonization" by so far refusing to approve an official government "do not disturb" app for the iPhone, according to the chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.

How to automate your home with Apple's HomeKit, with or without an iPad or Apple TV

Tuesday August 08, 2017

Apple's HomeKit allows users to control compatible hardware with an iPhone -- but expanded control from outside the home requires either an Apple TV of some flavor, or an iPad. AppleInsider explains the use cases, and what you need to get started.

Developer hacks tvOS Simulator to run clean 4K, resolution likely limited to 2017 Apple TV

Tuesday August 08, 2017

Images published on Tuesday show Apple's tvOS Simulator hacked to run at 4K resolution, suggesting that Apple likely has little interface work to do to support a fifth-generation Apple TV believed to be coming this fall.

Internet thirsty for rumors sees 'iPhone 8' mirage in generic smartphone case

Tuesday August 08, 2017

Silly season is officially in full swing. On Monday, blogs lit up when Evan Blass, known for his accurate smartphone hardware leaks, joined the "iPhone 8" rumor fray by posting an image of a digitally rendered device enshrouded in what appears to be an Urban Armor Gear case. Rumor mongers are interpreting the "leak" to mean case makers are betting on designs that show off iPhone's entire screen...just like every smartphone case ever made.

AT&T strikes deal to bring CBS networks, Showtime to DirecTV Now

Monday August 07, 2017

AT&T on Monday announced a new deal with CBS that will bring streaming and on-demand content from a number of popular networks to DirecTV Now, including CBS News, CBS Sports Network, The CW, Pop and Showtime.

'iPhone 8' rumor roundup: X-ray shows wireless charging coil, new color option, HomePod leak & more

Monday August 07, 2017

An image supposedly leaked from Foxconn appears to show a wireless charging coil, stacked logic board and other components rumored for inclusion in Apple's "iPhone 8." Other recent leaks and news point to new color options, facial recognition features, potential OLED constraints and more.

US court puts Personal Audio's 'podcasting patent' to bed

Monday August 07, 2017

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Monday affirmed a Patent and Trademark Office finding to invalidate a notorious "podcasting patent" that "patent troll" Personal Audio used in lawsuits against big-name podcasters.

France and Germany seek to plug tax loopholes exploited by Apple, other tech firms

Monday August 07, 2017

France is working with Germany on European Union reforms aimed at plugging loopholes U.S. technology companies like Apple use to minimize taxes, tactics that give foreign entities a leg up on local competition.

'Carpool Karaoke' showrunners discuss series ahead of Apple Music debut

Monday August 07, 2017

In a new interview published on Monday, the minds behind "Carpool Karaoke: The Series" talk about the bit's breakout success, transforming the segment into a full-fledged TV series and why Apple Music was the right fit.

Apple's 2017 Back to School for Europe offers free wireless Beats with Macs & iPad Pros

Monday August 07, 2017

Apple on Monday launched its 2017 Back to School promotions for a number of European countries, offering free wireless Beats headphones with the purchase of a Mac or iPad Pro on top of existing educational discounts.

Coach refreshes Apple Watch band lineup with six new models, stock reload of older bands

Monday August 07, 2017

Coach has updated its Apple Watch band collection for the fall, with six new combinations of colors and designs.

Apple Maps transit coverage grows in Australia, may be coming soon to Ireland

Monday August 07, 2017

Apple's Australian Maps transit coverage has expanded to large sections of the states of Queensland and Western Australia, and may be poised to come to Ireland in the near future.

Review: Mantiz MZ-02 enclosure is a stylish Thunderbolt 3 dock and eGPU enclosure in one

Monday August 07, 2017

A few of the external GPU solutions are aimed at the gamer crowd -- and look like it too. The Mantiz MZ-02 is one of a new generation of enclosures, aimed at boosting graphics performance with the addition of a PCI-E GPU to a Thunderbolt 3-equipped machine and eschewing any stereotypical gamer branding.

Intel details new batch of i9 processors, none destined for Apple's iMac Pro

Monday August 07, 2017

Intel has expanded its Core series of processors with nine new X-series models, but none of them are likely to be in the iMac Pro, given what Apple has said about the system.

Verizon offers Apple Music discounts with controversial 'Up' rewards program

Monday August 07, 2017

U.S. carrier Verizon is offering people in its new Up rewards program discounts on Apple Music -- with the tradeoff of handing over personal tracking data.

Fifth betas of iOS 11, macOS 10.13 High Sierra, tvOS 11, and WatchOS 4 available to developers

Monday August 07, 2017

Two weeks after its last update, Apple has updated all four of its developer betas, with fifth releases of iOS 11, macOS 10.13 High Sierra, tvOS 11, and WatchOS 4

Apple starts hiring for ninth Japanese store, based in Kyoto

Monday August 07, 2017

Apple is preparing to launch a new store in Kyoto, Japan, newly-published job listings reveal -- just its ninth in the entire country, despite a years-long presence there.

Deals: 2017 13" MacBook Pro for $1,399 ($100 off); $80 off Adobe Photoshop & Premiere Elements 15; high-end 15" MacBook Pro $2,299 ($500 off)

Monday August 07, 2017

Kicking off the week, Apple authorized resellers are knocking $100 off Mid 2017 13-inch MacBook Pros. Shoppers can also pick up Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 and Premiere Elements 15 for $69.95 today only. Apple's high-end Late 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro with Radeon 455 graphics is $500 off with no tax outside NY and NJ as well.

Copper-colored 'iPhone 8' pops up on Chinese social media, provenance unknown

Monday August 07, 2017

More posts from Chinese social media have popped up, purporting to show a new copper color for the forthcoming "iPhone 8" -- but it is unclear if the pictures are legitimate parts or mockups.

Viral YouTube video of plane-to-plane AirDrop bogus, deleted by author

Monday August 07, 2017

A viral video allegedly depicting a pilot sending a photo of another plane a long-distance AirDrop has been refuted by the recipient's airline, and has been deleted.