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2017

Starbucks voice recognition 'barista' beta starts on iPhone, prior to wide summer rollout

Monday January 30, 2017

Starbucks is allowing its customers to request drinks by voice using its iOS app, with the My Starbucks Barista digital assistant able to verbally accept coffee orders and confirm payment, before dispatching the order to the nearest store.

Apple 'Shot on iPhone' ad campaign continues with 'One Night on iPhone 7'

Monday January 30, 2017

Apple has expanded its "Shot on iPhone" ad campaign with new ads in the "One Night on iPhone 7" campaign, documenting events and places from around the world on Nov. 5, 2016.

Deals: 27" iMac 5K for $1,299; 13" MacBook Air for $899; $100 off Mac mini; 500GB G-Drive for $40

Monday January 30, 2017

Shoppers this week can pick up a refurbished 27" iMac 5K (3.2GHz, 8GB, 1TB FUS) with M390 graphics for $1,299.99 on eBay. Plus, save $100 on a 13" MacBook Air or 2.6GHz Mac mini at B&H with no tax collected outside NY & NJ. B&H is also discounting the 500GB G-Drive by 50% today only.

Fitbit to cut $200M in jobs & expenses after encroaching Apple Watch sales cut into market

Monday January 30, 2017

Fitbit -- Apple's main competition in the wearables space -- announced a reorganization on Monday in the aftermath of a weak fourth quarter, that includes the layoff of 6 percent of its workforce.

Apple pulling apps from developers located in Iran from the iOS App Store

Monday January 30, 2017

Apple is said to be starting to take down iOS apps from the App Store developed in Iran, in what is believed to be an attempt by Apple to abide by trade sanctions against the country issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

New Apple Campus 2 'spaceship' construction project 4K drone flyover shows progress on landscaping, canopies

Monday January 30, 2017

The latest footage of Apple's new 'Campus 2' headquarters shot by a drone reveals developers are continuing to make progress, with signs of work on the canopies, walkways, and plants around the campus buildings despite recent poor weather.

OLED for 'iPhone X' could deal $50M hit to Apple's Q2 expenses, analyst says

Monday January 30, 2017

Apple's widely-rumored decision to equip a 10th-anniversary iPhone with OLED could add approximately $50 million to incremental costs in the March quarter, eating slightly into profit margins, according to an analyst.

Apple Maps gets Houston transit data ahead of Super Bowl LI

Monday January 30, 2017

In time for Super Bowl LI, Apple on Sunday expanded Apple Maps transit data to include regional and metropolitan pubic transportation services in the Houston, Texas, area.

Hands On: Redesigned Evernote 8.0.3 for iPhone and iPad brings major design revamp

Sunday January 29, 2017

The latest revision to the Evernote app for iPhone and iPad notebook app aims to speed up the service -- AppleInsider takes a few notes.

Five of the best apps for getting started with creating art on the iPad

Sunday January 29, 2017

The iPad is an excellent artist's tool, but before you jump into an iPad Pro with Apple Pencil, AppleInsider has five suggestions for apps to try that don't need either to be sure that you want to make the jump from paper to digital.

Apple removes iCloud Activation Lock status tool from website

Saturday January 28, 2017

For reasons unknown, Apple has taken down the iCloud Activation Lock status page on its website, which used to offer a convenient method of determining whether a used iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Apple Watch was stolen.

Apple CEO Tim Cook pledges support to employees affected by President Trump's immigration order

Saturday January 28, 2017

In the wake of executive orders from U.S. President Donald Trump limiting immigration from a group of seven countries, Apple CEO Tim Cook has written to employees to reaffirm the company's pro-immigration stance, and advising affected staff will receive support from its human resources and legal teams.

This week on AI: New beta builds, Apple sues Qualcomm in China, possible U.S. Foxconn plant and more

Saturday January 28, 2017

Apple released its first betas of iOS 10.3 and macOS 10.12.4 this week, promising a slate of new features such as a "Find My AirPods" feature and Night Shift for the Mac. We also got a hint of secret projects underway at the company, and the possibility of a $7 billion Foxconn plant in the U.S.

Apple honored with Louis Braille Award for efforts in device accessibility

Friday January 27, 2017

The Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired on Friday featured Apple as a corporate honoree at the 57th annual Louis Braille Awards, a ceremony that recognizes those who contribute to the blind and visually impaired community.

Apple CEO Tim Cook meets with Sen. Orrin Hatch, lunches with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner

Friday January 27, 2017

As President Donald Trump settles in at the White House, Apple chief Tim Cook this week visited Washington, D.C., to meet with Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch and take a dinner with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.

Tim Cook sells another $3.6M batch of Apple stock

Friday January 27, 2017

Continuing a planned stock selloff that began earlier in January, Apple CEO Tim Cook this week sold a chunk of 30,000 AAPL shares worth $3.64 million, bringing his full-week total to nearly $11 million.

Apple celebrates Chinese Lunar New Year with curated apps, Apple Store events

Friday January 27, 2017

As part of ongoing festivities to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year this weekend, Apple is highlighting apps and stickers in the App Store in new curated lists, while some Apple retail stores are hosting specially themed workshops.

Apple's 'differential privacy' policy invoked for opt-in iCloud data analysis in iOS 10.3

Friday January 27, 2017

Apple's upcoming iOS 10.3 update will include an opt-in for collecting data from iCloud accounts, which will in turn be used to improve "intelligent features and services such as Siri," according to people testing the current beta.

UK health insurer Vitality under fire for app sync failures in Apple Watch promotion [u]

Friday January 27, 2017

An offer from UK insurer Vitality that provided a discounted Apple Watch to customers if certain levels of activity are maintained for two years has drawn complaints, as app synchronization issues are apparently causing unwarranted extra charges.

Apple demands specially-certified chips & factories for HomeKit devices, report says

Friday January 27, 2017

One of the factors slowing down adoption of Apple's HomeKit platform is the company's demand that accessory makers not only buy specific chips, but have products manufactured at Apple-certified factories, a report said on Friday.