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2017

Latest ARKit demos show hand-tracking beer pong, visualized audio trails [u]

Thursday September 07, 2017

New demonstrations using Apple's ARKit may suggest some of the possibilities of the augmented reality platform, including the integration of hand tracking. [Updated to correct ModiFace info]

iZotope Spire Studio portable multi-track recorder exclusive to iPhone, iPad

Thursday September 07, 2017

The new iOS-exclusive iZotope Spire Studio connects to an iPhone through Wi-Fi to control a multi-track recorder, allowing for nearly any space to be used as a convenient recording studio.

Lyft to deploy self-driving cars in San Francisco Bay Area

Thursday September 07, 2017

Lyft will soon begin a limited test of self-driving cars for passengers in the San Francisco Bay Area, targeting one of the most important ridesharing markets.

Amazon looking to spend Apple Park-like $5 billion on 'second headquarters' in US

Thursday September 07, 2017

Following in the footsteps of Apple and Google, Amazon appears ready to start the process to build a massive headquarters in North America -- but for Amazon it will serve as a second base of operations to supplement its existing headquarters in Seattle, Wash.

Logitech adds HomeKit to Circle 2 Wired, says Apple won't allow support on battery-powered model

Thursday September 07, 2017

Logitech on Thursday released a firmware update for the $180 Circle 2 Wired, making it just the second security camera currently available on the market to support Apple's HomeKit platform.

Proposed deal would give Foxconn 25%, Apple 20% of Toshiba's chip division

Thursday September 07, 2017

Foxconn is pressing hard for a deal that would give it 25 percent of Toshiba's chip manufacturing business -- an arrangement that would end up with Apple controlling 20 percent of the equity as well.

Second report suggests Sept. 15 OLED 'iPhone 8' preorders, but shipments not until October

Thursday September 07, 2017

Citing a late production start, a new report claims that while the "iPhone 8" will be up for pre-order on Sept. 15, it will not start shipping to customers until some point in October.

LG unlikely to enter iPhone OLED supply chain before 2019

Thursday September 07, 2017

Following revelations that Samsung could be the sole supplier of OLED displays for a next-generation "iPhone 8" handset, a report late Wednesday reaffirms previous claims that Apple's effort to diversify its supply chain with panels from LG is unlikely to bear fruit before 2019.

Apple secures lower streaming rate in new deal with Warner Music Group, report says

Wednesday September 06, 2017

Apple has reached a new agreement with Warner Music Group that will see the tech giant pay out a smaller percentage of Apple Music revenue than it did when the service launched in 2015.

Apple recruits four TV executives to growing video team, offers hints at future programming

Wednesday September 06, 2017

Apple recently hired four veteran television executives to join its quickly growing video content team, with the new recruits tasked to head up original programming initiatives including documentary series.

Apple issues $5B bond sale to fund capital return program

Wednesday September 06, 2017

Following initial notice of a pending bond sale, Apple on Wednesday launched a $5 billion U.S. dollar-denominated debt offering to fund its capital return program, outstanding debt, acquisitions and other operational expenses.

Apple developer portal undergoes maintenance after system 'glitch' [u]

Wednesday September 06, 2017

Apple on Wednesday removed a number of online developer tools from circulation, saying the assets are down for maintenance, but some members are reporting troubling changes to account details that hint at a potential security breach.

Questionable slide leak hints Apple abandoned rear-mounted Touch ID on 'iPhone 8'

Wednesday September 06, 2017

A suspicious video of an alleged Foxconn presentation suggests that Apple was at one point testing a rear-facing Touch ID sensor on the "iPhone 8," but later abandoned the idea.

US House unanimously approves measures to speed up autonomous car testing

Wednesday September 06, 2017

The U.S. House of Representatives voted unanimously on Wednesday to approve a proposal that could accelerate the testing and deployment of self-driving cars, though not without safety concerns from some parties.

Deals: High-end 2016 15" MacBook Pro for $2,299 ($800 off); 27" iMac 5K w/ Radeon 580 for $2,099 ($200 off); $200 off top of the line 13" Touch Bar

Wednesday September 06, 2017

Shoppers this week can take advantage of the lowest price ever on Apple's 15" MacBook Pro (2.9GHz, 512GB, Radeon 460), which is now $2,299 ($800 off) with no tax outside NY and NJ. Or opt for a 2017 27" iMac 5K with Radeon 580 graphics for $2,099 after a $200 cash rebate. Apple's current top of the line 13" MacBook Pro is also $200 off.

Apple's Phil Schiller & wife donate $10M to Maine's Bowdoin College

Wednesday September 06, 2017

Apple marketing head Phil Schiller and his wife, Kim Gassett-Schiller, have together donated $10 million to Bowdoin College in Maine -- a school their sons Erik and Mark attended, the latter graduating this year.

Apple expected to begin preorders of new iPhone releases on Friday, Sept. 15

Wednesday September 06, 2017

With Apple's omnibus fall release event scheduled on Sept. 12, reports are circulating that Sept. 15 will see preorders for products commence -- and if the history of time elapsed between announcement and pre-order is any indication, the rumors are correct.

T-Mobile bundles Netflix subscription with unlimited One family plans

Wednesday September 06, 2017

T-Mobile has announced that starting Sept. 12, people subscribed to the company's unlimited One family plans will get access to Netflix for free, in a twist that could be meant to lure "iPhone 8" buyers.

Apple makes tenth beta of iOS 11 available to developers for iPhone, iPad

Wednesday September 06, 2017

A week after the last update, Apple has delivered the tenth developer's beta for iOS 11 with unspecified changes since the last update.

Samsung is sole supplier of costly 'iPhone 8' OLED, putting Apple in 'urgent need' of alternatives

Wednesday September 06, 2017

The upcoming launch of the "iPhone 8" will reportedly see Apple in a precarious position in terms of parts, as the only company currently capable of producing OLED panels for the new edge-to-edge display is said to be rival Samsung.