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2017

Apple's latest video ad continues focus on iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode

Monday May 01, 2017

Hammering home a common marketing point, Apple on Monday released a new commercial, "The City," demonstrating the Portrait Mode available on the iPhone 7 Plus.

Apple will reportedly sell the iPhone SE online in India before launching retail presence

Monday May 01, 2017

Apple may kickstart its India sales ambitions by launching its own online store in India to sell the iPhone SE instead of just relying on authorized dealers, before it opens up its own brick and mortar retail presence.

Trump calls tech CEOs to June meetings, orders overhaul of US government IT

Monday May 01, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump has reportedly signed a new executive order, creating a council meant to "transform and modernize" government IT systems. Simultaneously, the White House revealed a series of meetings in June, during which some 20 high-tech CEOs -- likely including Apple's Tim Cook -- will be brought in to discuss the topic.

Last call! Deals: $10 off 2017 iPad; 15" Touch Bar MacBook Pro $2,099 ($300 off); $250-$390 off MacBook Pros w/ AppleCare + no tax in 48 states

Monday May 01, 2017

Ends tonight! Apple deals are in full swing the first week of May with discounts of up to $390 off Late 2016 MacBook Pros with AppleCare, plus free shipping and no tax outside NY and NJ. Or pick up the 15" without AppleCare for $2,099 ($300 off). Those in the market for a 2017 iPad can also save $10 on the 128GB Wi-Fi model.

Tynker teaches Swift to grade-schoolers for Apple's 'Everyone Can Code' program

Monday May 01, 2017

Long-time coding educators Tynker have released a pair of introductory courses in support of Apple's "Everyone Can Code" initiative to help teach younger kids the fundamentals of coding before they get involved with Swift Playgrounds.

Leaked images show first glimpses at Fitbit's Apple Watch competitor & earbuds

Monday May 01, 2017

New images are said to depict Fitbit's first full-scale smartwatch, as well as its first set of Bluetooth earbuds -- both apparently intended to compete with Apple.

Apple's Siri-based Echo competitor to carry premium price, feature high-end audio with 1 woofer & 7 tweeters

Monday May 01, 2017

Apple's anticipated personal assistant accessory is expected to be a powerful and capable device, boasting "excellent" acoustics and computing power similar to recent iPhone models, positioning it for the high-end market with pricing higher than Amazon's Echo. And there's apparently a good chance it could be announced next month.

Hacker leaks Netflix's 'Orange Is the New Black' season 5 after ransom not paid

Monday May 01, 2017

Netflix has not responded to a hacker's ransom demand, and as a result, nearly all of season 5 of "Orange Is the New Black" has been released to illicit file sharing sites.

Bloomberg partners with Twitter to generate 24/7 streaming video news service

Monday May 01, 2017

News titan Bloomberg and Twitter have teamed up to create a service for constant news streaming on the social media venue 24 hours a day.

Interact Scratchpad 1.0.2 brings refined contact data mining to macOS

Sunday April 30, 2017

Interact Scratchpad makes adding contacts fast and accurate, bringing the best features of the iOS app to the Mac.

Latest Apple Park drone footage shows rough edges in wake of move-in deadline

Saturday April 29, 2017

New drone footage of Apple Park in Cupertino indicates that while the complex may be largely complete, significant work remains -- particularly in landscaping and on the Steve Jobs Theater.

This week on AI: Apple's Siri & AirPlay speaker, self-driving car tests & more

Saturday April 29, 2017

By far one of the most popular stories this week was that Apple's Siri-based Amazon Echo competitor might not only be alive, but nearly finished. We also caught a glimpse of Apple's self-driving testbed SUVs, and news that the fight between Apple and Qualcomm is stepping up a notch.

AT&T to throttle tablet data speeds of grandfathered unlimited plans

Friday April 28, 2017

AT&T on Friday warned users with grandfathered unlimited tablet data plans that they might see transmission speeds throttled when consuming more than 22 gigabytes of data in a single billing period.

Apple extends Apple Watch warranty to cope with swollen batteries

Friday April 28, 2017

Apple on Friday alerted authorized repair facilities to an Apple Watch service coverage extension for first-generation devices suffering from battery swelling, a rare issue impacting a small segment of owners.

Robbers target two San Diego Apple stores, make off with iPhones and Macs

Friday April 28, 2017

Three men brandishing knives robbed two San Diego Apple stores within the space of an hour on Friday, and the small gang is still on the loose with an unknown amount of merchandise.

Rumor: New 'iPhone 8' schematic and manufacturing molds revealed in leaked photos

Friday April 28, 2017

A set of unverified photos posted online on Friday claim to show manufacturing molds, as well as a schematic diagram for said molds, being prepared for production of Apple's "iPhone 8."

Apple assembler Foxconn says US investment coming, details unsettled

Friday April 28, 2017

Apple's main assembly partner, Foxconn, is indeed planning to make some form of investment in the U.S., but the exact details are yet to be finalized, the latter company's chairman confirmed on Friday.

Apple lobbies California DMV to keep self-driving car plans out of public eye

Friday April 28, 2017

A letter from Apple to the California Department of Motor Vehicles is seeking alterations in test protocols and reporting requirements for automated vehicle testing, and also declares that the company is seeking to increase public acceptance of self-driving cars.

How to tell if Apple Watch notifications are from a native app or an iPhone app

Friday April 28, 2017

Sometimes when you get a notification on your Apple Watch, you can tap on it for further options, or to open a corresponding app. Other times, that notification is from your iPhone, and there's not much you can do with it other than dismiss it. Here's how to quickly tell the difference.

Apple's Siri-based Echo competitor rumored to borrow design cues from Mac Pro, could arrive at WWDC

Friday April 28, 2017

More details on Apple's anticipated standalone Siri speaker have emerged, suggesting the device could look similar in some ways to the company's cylindrical Mac Pro desktop, and could be released as soon as WWDC in June.