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2017

Apple begins recruiting for unannounced store in downtown Vienna [u]

Thursday February 09, 2017

Apple's rumored store in the Austrian capital of Vienna was confirmed on Thursday, as the company posted job listings for an unspecified location in the city [updated with confirmation].

Mac malware discovered in Microsoft Word document with auto-running macro

Thursday February 09, 2017

A second example of malware targeting macOS users has surfaced this week, with the discovery of a Word document that attempts to use an automatically-running macro, one that tries to download a hazardous payload to infect the target Mac.

Apple's Tim Cook talks Brexit & more with UK Prime Minister Theresa May [u]

Thursday February 09, 2017

In a Downing Street meeting on Thursday, Apple CEO Tim Cook and U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May discussed a variety of topics, including local Apple investments and May's plans to withdraw her country from the European Union following a 2016 referendum [updated with more info on Cook's UK visit].

Fate of screen supplier Japan Display unclear if Apple shifts to OLED for 'iPhone X'

Thursday February 09, 2017

Analysts predict that recent reorganizational efforts and a financial assist by the Japanese government for Apple supplier Japan Display, the prime supplier of iPhone screens, may not matter much if Apple does in fact shift to OLED screens in the "iPhone 8" and future models.

Future Apple Watch owners might exchange data with a handshake or fist bump

Thursday February 09, 2017

An Apple patent application uncovered on Thursday details a method of triggering the automatic exchange of information between two wearables with a simple greeting gesture, like a wave or fist-bump.

Apple invents stretchable display backed by mesh-like elastomer

Thursday February 09, 2017

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application hinting at the company's plans to build an advanced iPhone, or other personal device, with an exceedingly flexible display.

Apple issues second macOS 10.12.4 Sierra beta for public testers

Wednesday February 08, 2017

Nearly two weeks after releasing an initial public beta version of its upcoming macOS 10.12.4 update, Apple on Wednesday pushed out a second test version of the operating system to Public Beta Program members.

Google's Android Wear 2.0 plays catch-up with Apple's watchOS 3, offers some unique touches

Wednesday February 08, 2017

In time for two new LG smartwatches, the Watch Sport and Watch Style, Google on Wedndesday launched Android Wear 2.0, an updated OS meant to put Android watches on par -- or at least closer to par -- with the Apple Watch. Here's how the new software compares with Apple's watchOS 3.

Square launches iPad app with point-of-sale, store management system for retailers

Wednesday February 08, 2017

Commerce company Square has launched a new set of tools to help medium-sized businesses manage their affairs, with Square for Retail combining a point-of-sale app with other important business functions, including managing employees and inventory.

Tim Cook talks Steve Jobs as inspiration, immigration executive order at University of Glasgow

Wednesday February 08, 2017

Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke at his honorary degree ceremony at the University of Glasgow, discussing what motivations graduates should use for employment, President Trump's immigration executive order, and Steve Jobs as his main professional inspiration.

Apple's 10th anniversary 'iPhone X' could cost more than $1,000 - report

Wednesday February 08, 2017

A new high-end, top-of-the-line iPhone featuring an OLED display and an all-new design is expected to debut later this year with a similarly premium price tag, which one report claims could start at more than a thousand dollars.

Apple CEO Tim Cook visits Glasgow, Scotland store prior to honorary degree award

Wednesday February 08, 2017

On his way to receive an honorary degree at University of Glasgow, Apple CEO Tim Cook stopped by the Glasgow Buchanan Street Apple store for about 15 minutes.

Apple Inc. gears up to distribute $3.1 billion in dividends to shareholders

Wednesday February 08, 2017

On February 16, Apple will pay shareholders of record a quarterly dividend of $0.57 per share, but investors must own the company's stock before February 9 in order to qualify. Apple will pay out $3.1 billion in dividends on its outstanding shares for the quarter.

Apple Pay continues to grow, 27 more US banks added to mobile payment service

Wednesday February 08, 2017

As part of its regular expansion, Apple has added 27 more banks and credit unions to its list of institutions that support Apple Pay.

2018 Ford Expedition features Apple CarPlay, wi-fi hotspot, wireless mobile charging

Wednesday February 08, 2017

Despite working on its own SmartDeviceLink, Ford continues to offer Apple's CarPlay in its new vehicles, with the 2018 Expedition including the technology alongside a wi-fi hotspot.

Fire breaks out at Samsung factory responsible for Note 7 battery production

Wednesday February 08, 2017

The Galaxy Note 7 battery saga continues to cause problems for Samsung, as a fire broke out Wednesday at a facility used in the production of the faulty batteries found in the discontinued smartphone.

Stock-outs could signal the death of Apple's iPad Air 2 ahead of expected lineup refresh

Wednesday February 08, 2017

Inventory of Apple's entry-level 9.7-inch iPad continues to dry up as a trio of new models are rumored to soon launch, potentially suggesting the popular iPad Air 2 will be axed for a new model with faster processor.

Mac owners between 2003 & 2008 can claim $10 in optical drive class-action lawsuit settlement

Wednesday February 08, 2017

A class-action suit filed against four optical drive manufacturers alleging illegal price fixing has been settled, with previous owners of computers equipped with CD or DVD drives between 2003 and 2008 eligible for $10 per computer owned during that period.

New Mac malware from Iran targets US defense industry, human rights advocates with fake Flash updates

Wednesday February 08, 2017

Security researchers have discovered new malware for macOS called 'MacDownloader,' which is believed to have been created by Iranian hackers to try and attack individuals and companies involved in the US defense industry.

Sharp said to take lead role in $7 billion US manufacturing plant construction

Wednesday February 08, 2017

A long-discussed manufacturing plant, said to be built by Apple manufacturer Foxconn or its subsidiary Sharp, may break ground as soon as the summer of 2017 with Sharp at the helm, according to a new report