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2017

AAPL beats $140 per share in mid-day trading, inches closer to record $775B market cap

Wednesday March 01, 2017

Apple's stock price on Wednesday afternoon broke $140 per share and is only a few dollars short of both a pre-split $1000 valuation and breaking the company's previous market capitalization record of $774.69 billion set in 2015.

Microsoft adds Google Calendar & Contacts support to Outlook 2016 for Mac

Wednesday March 01, 2017

Microsoft on Wednesday launched preliminary support for Google Calendar and Contacts data in Office 2016 for the Mac, filling in a significant gap in the email and scheduling app. Along the same lines, Gmail accounts can now make better use of Outlook features.

As Apple invests heavily in AR, Microsoft plans 'mixed reality' support for Xbox, Windows

Wednesday March 01, 2017

Microsoft apparently sees the same market potential for augmented and virtual reality as Apple CEO Tim Cook, and will include support for "mixed reality" in future Windows and Xbox updates in conjunction with future headsets heralded by the new Mixed Reality Development Edition headset.

Google Meet video conferencing app goes live on iOS, pulled from App Store

Wednesday March 01, 2017

A new video conferencing service for business users from Google called Meet has partially gone live before an official launch, with an iOS app for the enterprise-focused meeting tool briefly appearing in the App Store before being pulled.

Apple brings carrier billing to Italy, Austria & Singapore, but still no US availability

Wednesday March 01, 2017

Apple this week turned on carrier billing in Italy, Austria, and Singapore, allowing some people in those countries to charge iTunes, iBooks, App Store, or Apple Music expenses to their phone bill instead of a credit card.

With rumors of a 128GB model swirling, Target adjusts inventory of Apple's iPhone SE

Wednesday March 01, 2017

U.S. retailer Target is allegedly telling its stores to return some iPhone SE units to Apple, a report claimed on Wednesday, ahead of a March press event in which the company could announce a new high-capacity 128-gigabyte model.

Netflix encoding tool aims to retain video quality on slow 100kbps iPhone mobile data connections

Wednesday March 01, 2017

Netflix is attempting to try and make its video streaming service accessible to its subscribers through lower-bandwidth connections, as well as minimizing buffering, with a new Dynamic Optimizer tool.

New Galaxy S8 leak shows high-quality render of Samsung's iPhone competitor

Wednesday March 01, 2017

The latest leak of the Samsung Galaxy S8 offers what may be the clearest view yet of the phone, which will apparently beat Apple's "iPhone 8" to the punch in combining a curved edge-to-edge OLED display with no physical home button.

How to find and watch Facebook Live streaming video with your Apple TV

Wednesday March 01, 2017

Facebook has recently launched its Videos app for the Apple TV, providing shared videos to users freed from most of the commentary the social network provides -- AppleInsider examines the offering.

Apple supplier Foxconn 'very serious' about bidding for Toshiba's memory business

Wednesday March 01, 2017

The chairman of Apple supplier Foxconn declared Wednesday that he is "very serious" about bidding for Toshiba's memory chip business, which could potentially guarantee supplies for products like iPhones and consolidate Foxconn's position as a primary Apple manufacturer.

Apple Pay Japan gains support for six new credit cards, launches limited time promotion [u]

Wednesday March 01, 2017

Apple on Wednesday local Japan time activated a two month-long Apple Pay promotion offering cash back, points and more to users of the digital payments service, just in time to take advantage of six new supporting card issuers.

Facebook Video launches for Apple TV with support for live streams

Tuesday February 28, 2017

Facebook on Tuesday launched Facebook Video, a new tvOS app that allows fourth-generation Apple TV owners to view pre-recorded video content, including live streams, on the big screen.

Apple's corporate reputation in slow decline, market research suggests

Tuesday February 28, 2017

According to an annual study by the Reputation Institute on Tuesday, Apple is experiencing a slow but certain deterioration in perceived corporate reputation, with research showing a significant decline over the past year.

Florida pro soccer team's new iOS app cuts out ticket middlemen

Tuesday February 28, 2017

The Orlando City Soccer Club this week launched a new app for iOS and Android that leverages the team's paperless ticketing process to sell passes directly to customers, effectively cutting out third party ticketing sites.

Old versions of ESET anti-virus for macOS subject to exploit granting root access to assailant

Tuesday February 28, 2017

A newly discovered exploit in an update made to ESET anti-virus package in October 2016 contains an outdated XML parser from 2007 that is vulnerable to attack, allowing root-level code execution, and ultimately a compromised machine.

YouTube TV to offer live TV from four major networks this spring for $35 per month

Tuesday February 28, 2017

Google on Tuesday announced YouTube TV, a live TV service launching this spring that will compete with other internet-only providers like Sling TV and PlayStation Vue.

Microsoft will pay $1.2M to settle class-action suit over misprinted retail store receipts

Tuesday February 28, 2017

Microsoft has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit against its retail efforts, paying almost $1.2 million in compensation to customers and legal costs, over an accusation receipts provided by Microsoft Stores provided too much information about a customer's payment details.

Apple's new iPad Pro ad says users can avoid printing in public

Tuesday February 28, 2017

Apple on Tuesday released another spot in its recent series of iPad Pro ads, this time concentrated on the idea that the tablet can let people avoid using printers.

App Store, Apple Music, iCloud & other Apple services impacted by Amazon outage [u]

Tuesday February 28, 2017

A variety of Apple cloud services experienced outages and slowdowns on Tuesday in what appeared to be a major issue with Amazon Web Services, which hosts some of the biggest online companies in the U.S.

Revised LG UltraFine 5K display with enhanced RF shielding ships from Apple online store on Mar. 7

Tuesday February 28, 2017

The LG UltraFine 5K display is beginning its slow march back to availability, with shipments of the improved model leaving Apple warehouses on March 7 -- but some users with the monitor now are still hitting roadblocks in trying to get the situation rectified.