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2017

Apple hires NASA AR/VR expert Jeff Norris to work on future products

Monday April 24, 2017

Apple has reportedly hired Dr. Jeff Norris, an augmented and virtual reality specialist who founded the Mission Operations Innovation Office at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, to be part of a special projects team working to bring augmented reality to the masses.

Sling TV brings cloud DVR recording to Apple TV

Monday April 24, 2017

Dish's internet-only TV service, Sling TV, has announced the availability of Cloud DVR support for the Apple TV, letting users record some (but not all) shows for later viewing.

Last call! Apple Deals: 2017 iPad for $307 ($22 off); $240 off high-end 15" MacBook Pro w/ AppleCare; $15 off $75 at eBay

Monday April 24, 2017

Today is the last day to save $22 instantly on Apple's brand-new 32GB 9.7" iPad in Space Gray (Wi-Fi Only) with no tax collected outside NY and NJ. Or pick up a high-end 15" MacBook Pro (2.9GHz, 16GB, 1TB, 460) for $3,608 ($240 off). Shoppers can also save $15 on $75 purchases now through 6 p.m. Pacific.

Apple slashes affiliate commission rate on apps from 7 to 2.5%

Monday April 24, 2017

Apple on Monday alerted members of its link affiliate program to a sharp reduction in their take from apps and in-app purchases, down from 7 percent to just 2.5.

On its 2nd anniversary, Apple Watch settling into role as fitness & notification wearable with Siri, Apple Pay

Monday April 24, 2017

Originally pitched as a multitude of things, including an intimate communication tool and new frontier for mobile apps, the Apple Watch has been refined and simplified in the years since its debut, focusing on what Apple has determined to be the fledgling device's core strengths.

Samsung's fix for red-tinted Galaxy S8 screens forces users to self-calibrate

Monday April 24, 2017

With a growing number of complaints about a red-tinged screen in some owners with the Samsung Galaxy S8, the company is issuing a software patch allowing users expanded options for correcting the problem in software by placing the responsibility for color accuracy even more in user's hands.

Apple seeds fourth developer betas of iOS 10.3.2, macOS 10.12.5, watchOS 3.2.2 & tvOS 10.2.1

Monday April 24, 2017

Apple on Monday seeded fourth betas of iOS 10.3.2, macOS 10.12.5, watchOS 3.2.2, and tvOS 10.2.1 to developers, paving the way for Apple's next round of maintenance updates.

Four ex-NASA engineers on Apple's list of autonomous car software testers

Monday April 24, 2017

Amidst three Apple employees involved in testing of Apple's self-driving car software stands an ex-NASA researcher who was once tasked to develop an autonomous vehicle to explore one of Jupiter's moons, and three others who worked for JPL.

Flying car backed by Google co-founder Larry Page takes to skies in early demo

Monday April 24, 2017

Kitty Hawk, a startup backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, has demonstrated a prototype flying car that could be one of the first to ship, assuming it meets a late 2017 target.

Purported internal schematic of 'iPhone 8' shows 'A11' chip, removable SIM

Monday April 24, 2017

Adding to the cacophony of recent "iPhone 8" rumors, a purported illustration of the layout of the interior of the high-end future iPhone has appeared on Chinese social media showing a conventional Touch ID location, and some other realignments needed for a vertical camera module position.

Apple Maps gains public transit directions for Paris

Monday April 24, 2017

Filling in an important gap in its native Maps apps for iOS and macOS, Apple this weekend introduced public transit directions for Paris, including detailed station information.

CNC blank of 'iPhone 8' appears on Twitter, likely based on previous questionable diagrams

Monday April 24, 2017

A purported Foxconn CNC model of the "iPhone 8" has surfaced online -- but as with the diagrams leaked over the last two weeks, there is no way to tell how accurate the model is, or if it is even close to what Apple will ship.

'Severe supply shortages' of Apple's 'iPhone 8' said to be a major concern through end of 2017

Monday April 24, 2017

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is once again cautioning investors that Apple's anticipated flagship "iPhone 8" could be in extremely limited supply to end 2017, thanks to the expected adoption of a number of new technologies, namely an edge-to-edge OLED display.

Apple hires 3D, 360VR Toolbox developer Tim Dashwood to Final Cut Pro X team

Sunday April 23, 2017

Apple has hired Tim Dashwood, the author of a series of 3D and 360 VR plugins for video editing software. Dashwood has since made his existing plugins for apps such as Final Cut Pro X free to download.

After tricking govt regulators, Uber got caught breaking Apple's iOS App Store rules

Sunday April 23, 2017

In 2014, Uber was discovered to be blocking authorities from seeing its cars in order to evade regulations or bans in a series of locations including Paris, Las Vegas, China and South Korea. The next year, Apple found out Uber was also flouting its iOS developer rules to identify users' devices by hardware ID--and nearly got kicked out of the App Store over it.

Lowest prices anywhere! 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar for $1,599 ($200 off); 15" MacBook Pro (2.9GHz, 512GB, 460) for $2,899 ($200 off); 5% off DJI drones

Sunday April 23, 2017

B&H Photo is taking $200 off Apple's Late 2016 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar in Space Gray exclusively for AI readers. High-end 15-inch MacBook Pros are also $200 off, and popular DJI drones are 5% off with no tax collected outside NY and NJ.

Apple's 2017 Earth Day Challenge for Apple Watch awards iMessage Stickers

Saturday April 22, 2017

In recognition of today's Earth Day, Apple created an "Earth Day Challenge" to reward reaching 30 minutes of exercise on the day with a special achievement badge in the Activity app, as well as stickers for use within iMessage.

Apple apologizes to users for mistakenly saying their paid iCloud subscription was canceled

Saturday April 22, 2017

Days after an error led to false iCloud cancellation emails sent to subscribers, Apple has followed up with another note apologizing for the bug, and reassuring them that their plan remains in good standing.

How the technology behind Apple's Touch ID will likely change with 'iPhone 8'

Saturday April 22, 2017

There's a lot of talk about Apple's shift to a new screen technology with the "iPhone 8," but fewer conversations about how it will all work -- AppleInsider explains what changes Apple will likely need to make to implement the technology, while retaining Touch ID on the front of the rumored edge-to-edge screen on the device.

This week on AI: Apple goes 100 percent recycled, Apple Watch NikeLab, 'iPhone 8' rumors & more

Saturday April 22, 2017

Ahead of Earth Day, Apple went on an environmental publicity blitz, most notably promising to eventually make products entirely out of recycled materials. Rumors about specific projects like the "iPhone 8" continued, meanwhile, and a new version of the Apple Watch appeared: the Apple Watch NikeLab.