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2016

Twitter entertains offers to keep Vine video service alive

Monday November 07, 2016

Twitter's recently announced execution of video sharing service Vine might be stayed, as the microblogging giant is reportedly fielding bids from potential buyers interested in keeping the niche app alive.

Apple hires talent, buys technology from bankrupt streaming music startup Omnifone

Monday November 07, 2016

Apple recently hired a handful of former employees and purchased key technology from defunct streaming music startup Omnifone, a report said Monday, clearing up rumors suggesting Apple acquired the now bankrupt company earlier this year.

Verizon debuts 5GB and 10GB prepaid data plans

Monday November 07, 2016

On Monday, U.S. wireless carrier Verizon introduced two more plans for its prepaid smartphone customers, supplementing three existing options.

Samsung to debut Viv-based AI assistant alongside Galaxy S8

Monday November 07, 2016

Samsung on Monday confirmed plans to include a new AI assistant with its upcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone, which should make use of the technology it acquired from Viv -- a firm founded by some of the people behind Apple's Siri.

Apple starts charging credit cards for first wave of MacBook Pro with Touch Bar orders

Monday November 07, 2016

Some of the customers who ordered the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar very rapidly after its announcement are reporting their credit cards are being charged, with orders being prepared for arrival in customers' hands as soon as Nov. 11.

Apple issues second betas of iOS 10.2, tvOS 10.1 & watchOS 3.1.1 to developers [u]

Monday November 07, 2016

Apple on Monday released a second developer beta of iOS 10.2, which once it's finished will add some minor features to the platform along with standard bugfixes. [Updated with debut of TV app]

After iAd's death, Apple will move Apple News ad sales to NBCUniversal -- report

Monday November 07, 2016

Apple is shunting responsibility for the ads seen on Apple News to NBCUniversal's ad sales department, and is keeping all other details of the now defunct iAd service intact for content producers, according to a recent report.

New Chinese cybersecurity law will force Apple to keep data on local servers, aid gov't. searches

Monday November 07, 2016

The Chinese parliament has officially approved new electronic security legislation, due to go into effect in June 2017, which could force companies like Apple to make changes to how they handle their data infrastructure -- particularly if they're concerned about privacy.

Fake apps on Apple App Stores seeing a pre-holiday surge, purges ongoing

Monday November 07, 2016

Fake apps have always been a problem to some extent on Apple's App Stores, with the latest round from China focusing on brands without dedicated apps, as well as online shopping from existing ones in an attempt to steal customer data and financial information.

AT&T will entice users to sign up for DirecTV Now OTT service with free Apple TV or Fire TV

Monday November 07, 2016

Briefly available AT&T customer support documents not only shed some light on channels that will be available on the internet-streaming DirecTV Now video service, but also show that the telecom giant will give either an Apple TV or a Fire TV stick as a digital receiver to customers signing up for the service.

Questionable rumor says Apple could add 'Jet White' option for iPhone 7 & 7 Plus

Monday November 07, 2016

Apple is planning to add a "Jet White" color option for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, a rumor claimed on Monday.

Google deploys giant update for iOS Gmail app with new design, improved speed

Monday November 07, 2016

Google has unveiled a completely redesigned Gmail for iOS app, adding support for Gmail's "undo send" feature, and vast improvements to search.

Deals: 15" MacBook Pro for $1,599; 12.9" iPad Pro (128GB, Wi-Fi + LTE) for $619; unlocked 32GB iPhone 7s & $199 Apple Watches with no tax

Monday November 07, 2016

Shoppers this week can save $400 on Apple's 2015 15" MacBook Pro or snap up an unlocked 128GB 12.9" iPad Pro (Wi-Fi + LTE, refurbished) for $619.99 (40% off). Unlocked 32GB iPhone 7s are also in stock with no tax and free expedited shipping -- and the original Apple Watch Sport can be picked up for $199.99 with no tax outside NY.

Irish government agrees to fast-track complaints over Apple datacenter

Monday November 07, 2016

The Irish High Court has reportedly agreed to put Apple on its commercial list, fast-tracking the resolution of legal objections over its planned datacenter near Athenry.

Apple seeks financial incentives before setting up Indian manufacturing

Monday November 07, 2016

Apple is seeking financial handouts from the Indian government before setting up a manufacturing unit in the country, according to a new report.

Apple brings AirPod-style streaming, Live Listen accessibility to MFi hearing aids

Saturday November 05, 2016

Apple has enhanced its iOS accessibility features for users with hearing impairments, adapting its enhanced Bluetooth-based streaming to Made For iPhone hearing aids while introducing Live Listen, a feature that uses an iPhone's mic to focus on conversations in loud environments.

Record Bird keeps you up to date on artist new releases by scanning your Apple Music library

Saturday November 05, 2016

Record Bird is a free iPhone app that allows users to be informed about new and upcoming music releases from their favorite artists. And this week it was updated to add support for Apple Music, making it easier than ever to be in the know about upcoming album releases.

This week on AI: Wireless charging for 'iPhone 8,' AirPods due date & more

Saturday November 05, 2016

News quieted down in a bit in the wake of Apple's Oct. 27 MacBook Pro event, but as usual in the Apple world, there were still rumors about the company's plans -- among them talk about wireless charging in the "iPhone 8," and the unexpected delay of its AirPods.

Apple unlikely to refresh iPhone SE in March 2017, analyst says

Friday November 04, 2016

As Apple faces pressure to maintain high gross margins amidst flagging iPhone sales, well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests the company will not apply an annual refresh cycle to its affordable, small form-factor iPhone SE handset.

Apple SVP Eddy Cue sells $37.5M in AAPL stock

Friday November 04, 2016

Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue on Thursday earned sold 335,000 common stock AAPL shares to net himself payday worth $37,473,100.