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2018

This week on AI: Apple's $350B US cash influx, Chinese labor scandal, HomePod coming soon & more

Saturday January 20, 2018

With newsmakers finally back from the holidays, the Apple sphere finally began spinning at high speed again -- particularly after Apple's announcement that it plans to pump a lot of money into the U.S. economy through 2023.

South Korean prosecutors probe Apple over iPhone slowdowns

Friday January 19, 2018

A day after a South Korean consumer group filed a complaint against Apple over the company's handling of iPhone battery issues, prosecutors on Friday said they have launched a probe to determine whether the iPhone slowdown debacle amounts to planned obsolescence.

Apple's iOS 11 installed on 65% of compatible devices, up 6% from December

Friday January 19, 2018

Apple on Friday updated its developer website with fresh iOS 11 adoption statistics, revealing 65 percent of compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices are now running the current generation operating system.

Apple stands by Microsoft against 'global search warrant' as case moves to Supreme Court

Friday January 19, 2018

Microsoft's long-running battle with the Department of Justice over a federal court ruling that could force American companies to hand data about foreign customers over to the U.S. government will soon be heard by the Supreme Court.

Apple's HomePod gets FCC approval, hinting at upcoming launch

Friday January 19, 2018

Adding to evidence that the HomePod is nearing an official release, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission has given its stamp of approval for the device.

Apple's Tim Cook talks education, says he wouldn't want his nephew using social media

Friday January 19, 2018

As part of a European tour to promote Apple's new university coding courses, the company's potentate sat for a wide-ranging discussion during a stop at Harlow College in the U.K.

Voice commands coming to Amazon's Alexa app for iPhone & iPad

Friday January 19, 2018

People wanting to make use of Amazon's Alexa voice assistant will soon be able to talk to it through the company's iOS app, instead of depending on an Echo speaker or other compatible device.

Apple hires away tech team from SVDS, potentially to improve enterprise business

Friday January 19, 2018

Apple has reportedly hired a number of employees away from startup Silicon Valley Data Science, providing roles to members of the firm's technology team, including co-founders and the CEO, with the move potentially made to help Apple improve its partnerships with enterprise customers.

Apple issues beta 5 for watchOS 4.2.2, beta 6 for macOS 10.13.3, beta 7 for iOS 11.2.5

Friday January 19, 2018

Three new betas have been released by Apple for developer testing, with new versions of iOS 11.2.5, macOS 10.13.3 and watchOS 4.2.2 now available.

Weekend Deals: $200 off 15" MacBook Pros; $150-$500 off 13" models; iPads from $299; plus no tax outside NY & NJ

Friday January 19, 2018

From headphones to loaded MacBook Pros, we're rounding up the best deals on Apple devices, software and accessories. Save up to $500 on 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros. Or pick up a 10.5" iPad Pro for $599. Headphones start at $38.99, while new Apple Music subscribers can sign up for a 4-month free trial of the service.

'Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery' trailer released, 'Hero Academy' sequel hits iPhone and iPad

Friday January 19, 2018

More details about PortKey Games' second 'Harry Potter' title destined for iOS have surfaced via a new trailer, meanwhile Robot Entertainment has shipped the sequel to 'Hero Academy' on iPhone and iPad, refreshing the original game by switching out asynchronous combat for real-time gameplay.

Amazon boosts monthly Prime subscriptions to $12.99 per month, retains $99 annual fee

Friday January 19, 2018

Amazon slightly jacked the fee for monthly Amazon Prime subscribers by $2, making the annual subscription a better value than it was before.

Analysts say shareholders could win big from Apple's overseas cash repatriation

Friday January 19, 2018

Apple's plan to repatriate the majority of its overseas cash holdings to the United States will majorly benefit its shareholders, analysts claim, with the company expected to use part of the cash influx to increase its share buyback programs and significantly boost dividend payments.

Def Leppard puts discography on Apple Music, other streaming services

Friday January 19, 2018

British rock bank Def Leppard -- best known for songs like "Rock of Ages" and "Pour Some Sugar on Me" -- has released its complete back catalog on streaming music services, including Apple Music and Spotify.

Apple holds onto decade-plus streak at top of Fortune's 'Most Admired Companies'

Friday January 19, 2018

For the 11th year in a row, Apple on Friday took the top spot on Fortune's annual "World's Most Admired Companies" list, this time based on the opinions of some 3,900 executives, directors, analysts, and experts.

Apple starts search for retail employees to staff its upcoming Washington D.C. Carnegie Library store

Friday January 19, 2018

Apple has put the call out for employees at its store in the Carnegie Library in Washington D.C, with the company's Jobs at Apple board showing listings for a variety of positions at the retail location, in preparation for its opening later this year.

AppleInsider Podcast interviews Scott Harkins of Honeywell, talks about Tim Cook's response to iPhone batteries, foreign cash

Friday January 19, 2018

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Mike talk about batteries, foreign cash repatriation, and Scott Harkins of Honeywell joins to talk about Lyric and HomeKit home security.

Apple-made Swift curriculum coming to 70 European colleges & universities

Friday January 19, 2018

Apple on Friday announced that its "App Development with Swift" curriculum is being adopted by 70 European schools, including ones in the U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Luxembourg, Poland, and Portugal.

If iPhone X demand is less than expected, analyst expects it to be 'end of life' when replacements ship

Friday January 19, 2018

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has weighed in on iPhone X production rumors, also believing that there has been a reduction in orders -- and because of weak demand the iPhone X design may be a one-up with production ceasing in the summer when replacements for the fall are being produced.

Apple CEO Tim Cook named in South Korean complaint over iPhone slowdowns

Thursday January 18, 2018

South Korean consumer group Citizens United for Consumer Sovereignty this week filed a criminal complaint against Apple CEO Tim Cook, alleging the company's decision to throttle iPhones with depleted batteries amounts to destruction of property and fraud.