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2017

No, the iPhone home button is not dead (yet)

Wednesday August 30, 2017

Gesture controls are the touchscreen equivalent of keyboard shortcuts on a traditional computer -- that is to say they are meant for pro users. For that reason, users shouldn't expect that Apple will kill off the iPhone home button entirely anytime soon, despite radical changes expected on the pro-focused "iPhone 8."

New renders & video picture status bar & 'software bar' on Apple's 'iPhone 8'

Wednesday August 30, 2017

Hot on the heels of a report describing the buttonless interface on the "iPhone 8," designers and developers have begun circulating media hinting at what it might look like in practice.

Amazon & Microsoft reveal plans to allow cross-access for Alexa and Cortana

Wednesday August 30, 2017

In an industry first, Amazon and Microsoft have announced that people will soon be able to access Alexa from Cortana, and vice versa, including through iOS.

Toshiba chip business sale process continues, with Apple-backed Bain Capital offering $17.4 billion

Wednesday August 30, 2017

In a last-minute effort to secure Toshiba's chip manufacturing business before another deadline passes, Bain Capital in conjunction with Apple has reportedly placed a bid of $18.2 billion.

First look: Eradicate the adapters and dongles with Plugable's lower-cost Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station

Wednesday August 30, 2017

Plugable has thrown its hat into the Thunderbolt 3 ring with a pair of new docking stations, and the lower-cost TBT3-UD1-83 appears to be a good option for most at first glance.

Apple reportedly choosing not to hide sensor 'notch' on 'iPhone 8's' OLED display

Wednesday August 30, 2017

Making a firm design decision, Apple is said to be choosing not to hide the sensor "notch" cut into the top of the "iPhone 8's" OLED display, taking after the look of some other devices like the Essential Phone.

Matias seeks to fill void left by Apple with new Wired Aluminum Keyboard

Wednesday August 30, 2017

Taking some design cues from Apple's old keyboard line, Matias has released a new Wired Aluminum Keyboard to accommodate those not looking to replace batteries or charge an input device.

'iPhone 8' software bar expected to replace Apple's iconic home button with gesture controls

Wednesday August 30, 2017

Rather than presenting a virtual home button, the so-called "iPhone 8" is expected to instead offer a new software bar that could dramatically change how the iPhone is used, introducing new gesture controls for returning to the home screen and switching between apps.

Apple Pay now accepted by Citi Bike bicycle sharing service

Tuesday August 29, 2017

Citi Bike, a bicycle sharing service operating in New York City and New Jersey, on Tuesday updated its iOS app with support for Apple Pay, bringing frictionless payments to tens of thousands of daily riders.

Apple debuts latest 'Carpool Karaoke' trailers as this week's episode debuts

Tuesday August 29, 2017

Apple late Tuesday posted a pair of commercials promoting upcoming episodes of "Carpool Karaoke" to its official YouTube channel, while airing the show's latest episode on Apple Music.

Apple updates ARKit resources for developers building augmented reality apps

Tuesday August 29, 2017

Apple on Tuesday refreshed its developer portal with new information about ARKit, including sample code and AR-specific entries in its Human Interface Guidelines for iOS.

Apple wins technical Emmy award for Apple TV Siri integration

Tuesday August 29, 2017

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences on Tuesday handed Emmy awards out to a number of technology companies for achievements in media-related fields, with Apple taking one home for its work on Siri for Apple TV.

Apple invites developers, media to Cupertino HQ to showcase ARKit apps

Tuesday August 29, 2017

Apple on Monday brought developers and the press to its Cupertino headquarters, seeking to promote its ARKit platform for creating augmented reality apps on the iPhone and iPad.

Apple stores in Nebraska and Pennsylvania reopening this weekend

Tuesday August 29, 2017

Apple is preparing to reopen two retail locations in the U.S. on Sept. 2, with one Apple store in Omaha, Neb., moving down the same street to a new unit with extra floor space while another in Pittsburgh, Pa., relocating to a different part of a shopping mall.

YouTube begins planned evolutions of iPhone & iPad app, desktop site

Tuesday August 29, 2017

Google's YouTube on Tuesday began rolling out a series of planned changes to its mobile and desktop interfaces, including new aesthetics and several feature upgrades.

Amazon Prime Video Apple TV app may not be ready for September launch

Tuesday August 29, 2017

While an Apple TV app for Amazon Prime Video isn't news, a report is now claiming that the app may not see a rumored September launch.

Watch: Free up iPhone and iPad storage with Offloading Unused Apps in iOS 11

Tuesday August 29, 2017

Apple's iOS 11 is introducing a new feature that is capable of freeing up iPhone and iPad storage by deleting apps, but keeping your data & document files, and AppleInsider takes a look at the addition.

New 18-core Intel Xeon W processors likely to be used in Apple's iMac Pro

Tuesday August 29, 2017

Intel has revealed its new collection of Xeon processors aimed at workstations, with the Xeon W range boasting 48 PCIe 3.0 lanes and up to 18 cores on a single chip, making the new processor line prime candidates for use in the upcoming iMac Pro due in December.

Apple adds support for WeChat Pay in China

Tuesday August 29, 2017

Purchases at Apple Music and the App Store in China can now make use of WeChat Pay, a popular service operated by Tencent, Apple has announced.

Google tries to fight wide ARKit compatibility with its own augmented reality initiative ARCore

Tuesday August 29, 2017

Google has announced it's own augmented reality initiative called ARCore -- but serious limitations on what versions of Android can be used and a very narrow list of compatible hardware will be tough hurdles to overcome.