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2017

WhatsApp encrypting iCloud backups of chat logs, but may be vulnerable

Tuesday May 09, 2017

Facebook-owned WhatsApp quietly began encrypting iCloud backups of chat logs in late 2016, a report revealed this week -- though that protection may now be compromised.

Deals: 9.7" 4G LTE iPad Pro for $529 ($200 off); upgraded 13" Touch Bar MacBook Pro + AC for $2,298 ($150 off); $100 off 1TB 15" MacBook Pro

Tuesday May 09, 2017

For 24 hours only, shoppers can save $200 instantly on Apple's 32GB 9.7-inch iPad Pro with Wi-Fi + Cellular capability, plus no tax outside NY and NJ. Apple's upgraded 2.9GHz 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and AppleCare is also $150 off with coupon, while the high-end 15" Touch Bar MacBook Pro is $100 off.

(Un)wired for Sound: Using Sonos speakers as a whole-home, Apple-connected audio system

Monday May 08, 2017

The promise of Sonos's Wi-Fi speakers is a truly connected home audio system, integrated with devices like iPhones and iPads, as well as online streaming services like Apple Music, Pandora, and Spotify. To test how well the platform works for Apple users, we outfitted an apartment with Sonos's three main speakers -- the Play:1, Play:3, and Play:5 -- as well as some of its home theater equipment, the Playbar and Sub.

Amazon could unveil touch screen Echo device on Tuesday, report says

Monday May 08, 2017

Looking to stay ahead of competitors in the smart home appliance game, online retail giant Amazon is expected to announce a new touch-screen version of its popular voice-first Echo device as early as Tuesday, a report said.

Apple execs Angela Ahrendts and Bruce Sewell each sell over $10M in company stock

Monday May 08, 2017

Apple's head of retail, Angela Ahrendts, last week sold off 75,000 shares of Apple stock to net $11.1 million, while general counsel Bruce Sewell shed 67,500 shares to gain over $10 million.

T-Mobile cuts off free 200MB data plans for new 4G iPad buyers

Monday May 08, 2017

As of this week, 4G iPad buyers will no longer be able to claim a free 200-megabyte data plan with T-Mobile U.S., the carrier has announced.

Apple may buy 30K square feet in downtown Reno to link up with upcoming data center

Monday May 08, 2017

Apple is looking to build a 30,000 square-foot building in downtown Reno, Nev. that would handle purchasing and receiving for a new data center located at the Reno Technology Park, news stations said over the weekend.

Workflow 1.7.4 update restores some Google-related actions to iOS scripting app

Monday May 08, 2017

Apple's first update to the Workflow app after the initial renovation in March restores integration with Google Chrome and Pocket -- but others including Google Street View remain absent.

Apple's market cap soars past $800 billion as shares march higher on 'iPhone 8' hype

Monday May 08, 2017

Investors have largely moved past Apple's latest results and are focused on an anticipated iPhone redesign, as the company's stock continues to achieve new milestones, crossing the $800 billion market capitalization threshold on Monday.

Sen. Feinstein claims FBI paid $900K to crack San Bernardino shooter's iPhone

Monday May 08, 2017

The FBI paid approximately $900,000 to a third party to help break into the iPhone 5c of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein said recently when questioning FBI director James Comey at a Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing.

Microsoft & Harman Kardon take aim at Apple, Amazon & Google with 'Invoke' smartspeaker

Monday May 08, 2017

Microsoft and Harman Kardon on Monday officially revealed the Invoke, a device that will take on the Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Apple's rumored Siri-based device in the smartspeaker market.

Apple reveals plans for future Washington D.C. Carnegie Library store

Monday May 08, 2017

Apple's plans to restore Washington D.C.'s Carnegie Library into a massive retail presence are moving forward, with the company presenting its plan to the Advisory Neighborhood Commission Monday evening.

HandBrake for Mac developers warn of potential trojan installation following server breach

Monday May 08, 2017

Mac users of HandBrake who downloaded the open source video transcoder since May 2 could have put their data at risk, after developers warned one of the mirror servers used to distribute the software had been hacked.

Apple offers free iPad Pro Smart Keyboard repairs in wake of 'functional issues'

Monday May 08, 2017

In light of several technical problems the accessory is having, Apple is reportedly offering a free, three-year repair program for the iPad Pro's Smart Keyboard.

Warren Buffett deflects concerns about iPhone price, sales & AAPL share ownership

Monday May 08, 2017

Investor and Berkshire Hathaway chairman Warren Buffett once more came out in favor of Apple in a Monday TV interview, explaining why Berkshire bought Apple stock, and amping up the iPhone despite a sales decline in the March quarter.

Supply chain preps for Apple's Oct. launch of 'iPhone 8' with hiring spree, resolves bottlenecks

Monday May 08, 2017

The latest supply chain reports out of China are refuting previous observations that the "iPhone 8" would be delayed, and are claiming that manufacturers of previous low-yield products have resolved production problems.

Mother's Day 2017 Gift Guide: The best tech gifts your mom will love

Monday May 08, 2017

With Mother's Day less than a week away, we're rounding up the best gifts for the Apple-loving mom, including smart kitchen gadgets, iOS devices, W1 headphones and more. Best of all, each gift can be shipped for arrival by May 14.

Apple confirms reduced App Store affiliate commission rates apply to in-app purchases

Monday May 08, 2017

After sowing confusion by announcing, but seemingly not implementing, an iTunes Affiliate Program commission rate change in April, Apple on Sunday clarified that the updated terms only apply to in-app purchases.

Killer Deal: Apple's 2017 9.7" iPads for $299 ($30 off) with free shipping, no tax in 48 states

Sunday May 07, 2017

For one week only, shoppers can save $30 instantly on Apple's 2017 32GB iPad (Wi-Fi Only) in all three colors. Plus, each iPad qualifies for free expedited shipping, and B&H will not collect sales tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

Apple Maps street-level imagery vans hitting Connecticut for first time

Sunday May 07, 2017

Apple has updated its street-level vehicle-mounted photography site, and in addition to efforts continuing all over the U.S. and overseas, vehicles associated with the project are now cruising streets in Connecticut.