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2016

French & German interior ministers call on EU to enable access to encrypted data

Wednesday August 24, 2016

In a joint press conference in Paris on Tuesday, the interior ministers of France and Germany called on the European Commission to enact laws that would give countries on-demand access to encrypted communications under some circumstances.

Deals: $100-$350 off 13" MacBook Airs; $100 off 2016 12" MacBooks; 30% off plus free shipping at Zagg; 2012 13" MacBook Pro for $795

Wednesday August 24, 2016

Shoppers this week can pick up a 13" MacBook Air with a free copy of Parallels 12 and $50 off AppleCare. Or snap up triple-digit savings on 2016 12" MacBooks. Accessories are also 30% off at Zagg with free shipping, while a 2012 13" MacBook Pro is $794.99 on eBay.

Tim Cook's crucial role at Apple extends well beyond his 5 years as CEO

Wednesday August 24, 2016

Though Wednesday marks the five-year anniversary of Tim Cook officially taking reins at Apple, he actually oversaw the company's day-to-day operations well before he was named CEO, and during some of its most difficult days.

Tim Cook's fundraiser for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton set for tonight

Wednesday August 24, 2016

Later on Wednesday, Apple chief Tim Cook will reportedly host a fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who so far has more support among Silicon Valley workers and executives than her Republican rival, Donald Trump.

Unlikely photos of "iPhone 6 SE" packaging appear, contain some questionable details

Wednesday August 24, 2016

A series of photos have popped up purporting to show packaging for a new "iPhone 6 SE," but may be photo manipulations, combining the iPhone 6 and iPhone SE boxes.

Retailers, payments association side with Australian banks over Apple Pay negotiations

Tuesday August 23, 2016

Major retailers and payments associations filed letters in support of a regulatory request from Australia's three top banks that would force Apple into collective negotiations over third-party access to iPhone's secure NFC module.

ITC judge rules Fitbit did not steal trade secrets from Jawbone

Tuesday August 23, 2016

An International Trade Commission judge on Tuesday cleared fitness tracker maker Fitbit of allegedly stealing corporate secrets from competitor Jawbone, ruling out the potential of a U.S. import ban.

Spotify looks to squeeze record labels over streaming rights ahead of IPO

Tuesday August 23, 2016

Coming off a year of heavy net losses, Spotify, the world's largest music streaming service, is attempting to negotiate better terms with record labels as it prepares for a potential initial public offering next year.

Pinterest absorbs offline reading service Instapaper

Tuesday August 23, 2016

Popular clipping site Pinterest on Tuesday announced the takeover of Instapaper, a mainstay in the offline reading services world.

UK supermarket giant Asda tests support for Apple Pay

Tuesday August 23, 2016

Major U.K. supermarket chain Asda is currently in real-world testing of Apple Pay, despite its parent company, Walmart, not offering any compatibility whatsoever in North America.

Sony brings wireless PS4 DualShock 4 controller support to Mac with new $25 dongle

Tuesday August 23, 2016

Mac gamers will gain full functionality with Sony's DualShock 4 controller, including touchpad, vibration, and stereo headset jack -- via a new USB wireless adapter priced at $24.99.

Touch controllers on iPhone 6, 6 Plus failing in specific way for some users

Tuesday August 23, 2016

A handful of users of the Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are reporting manifestation of display aberrations and inconsistent touch functionality -- and a screen replacement doesn't fix the problem.

Pyle launches low-end attack on GoPro with iPhone- & Apple Watch-connected $80 4K camera

Tuesday August 23, 2016

The newest affordable action camera from electronics maker Pyle Audio captures 4K video at 120 frames per second, along with offering iOS connectivity and an array of mounting accessories.

Apple to reopen Thousand Oaks store on Saturday, close Cambridge shop for renovations

Tuesday August 23, 2016

Apple is set to reopen one outlet in Thousand Oaks, Calif. on Saturday, and will close another in Cambridge, Mass. just a day later to begin renovations.

Giveaway: Win a Stanley Stand and iPhone Wally Wallet Case from Distil Union

Tuesday August 23, 2016

Distil Union is partnering with AppleInsider this week to give readers the chance to win one of five bundles containing a Stanley Stand and iPhone Wally Wallet Case.

Lyft president says ridesharing service isn't looking to sell, blames Uber for rumors

Tuesday August 23, 2016

Ridesharing service Lyft is not actively looking for a buyer, though it has been approached by interested parties in the past, according to the company's president.

Facebook tests new autoplaying videos with sound for iOS users

Tuesday August 23, 2016

Facebook on Tuesday began a limited test of new video autoplay technology for its mobile app, including a version that begins playing audio automatically as a person scrolls past a clip in their News Feed.

Primax tipped to be building dual-lens camera modules for 'iPhone 7 Plus'

Tuesday August 23, 2016

A Taiwanese supplier, Primax Electronics, will be manufacturing at least some of the dual-lens camera modules for Apple's "iPhone 7" line, a report indicated on Tuesday.

Apple-licensed iPod navigation patent invalidated by US regulatory agency

Tuesday August 23, 2016

A patent that Creative Technologies used in the beginning of the century against the iPod forcing a $100 million payout by Apple has been invalidated, saving the rest of the smartphone industry from costly settlements and protracted legal battles.

Apple patent details visual-based AR navigation, confirms Flyby Media acquisition

Tuesday August 23, 2016

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent detailing a method of device localization -- mapping -- using computer vision and inertial measurement sensors, one of the first inventions to be reassigned from this year's acquisition of augmented reality startup Flyby Media.