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2017

New mockup photos purport to show final design of Apple's 'iPhone 8'

Wednesday May 17, 2017

Photos of a mockup published on Wedesday are claimed to show the finished design of Apple's "iPhone 8," including a vertical twin-lens camera on the rear, and the absence of any physical home button or obvious Touch ID sensor.

Google shows notification dots, smart text selection, optimizations in 'Android O'

Wednesday May 17, 2017

Major features of Google's next iteration of Android have been revealed at the I/O developer conference, with "Android O" gaining a Picture-in-Picture mode, notification dots on app icons, and the ability to autofill data within apps, shown alongside improvements to the security and speed of the mobile operating system.

Google adds 'Smart Replies' to Gmail for iOS, based on machine learning

Wednesday May 17, 2017

Coming alongside the start of its annual I/O conference, Google is on Wednesday launching an updated Gmail app for iOS and Android, introducing a "Smart Reply" feature based on the company's machine learning technology.

Google Home updates will provide visual responses on an iPhone display, hands-free calling

Wednesday May 17, 2017

Google has revealed a number of updates it will be rolling out to the Google Home connected speaker, with major additions including the device's ability to put responses to queries on a nearby display, such as the user's iPhone, as well as being able to place phone calls from the device itself.

Apple Music's Jimmy Iovine defends paid-only model, claims free tier would have 400M users

Wednesday May 17, 2017

In an interview published this week, Beats co-founder and Apple Music executive Jimmy Iovine raised vocal opposition to the concept of "free" music, simultaneously arguing that if Apple had a free tier like Spotify, it would "have 400 million people on it."

Google Assistant standalone iPhone Siri competitor app launching for iPhone [u]

Wednesday May 17, 2017

As predicted, Wednesday's tenth I/O conference saw the launch of the Google Assistant voice recognition tool to the iPhone.

Apple makes iOS 10.3.3 beta available to public beta participants

Wednesday May 17, 2017

A day after the developer release, Apple has made the first public beta available for iOS 10.3.3 for the iPhone and iPad.

Deals: 13" Touch Bar MacBook Pro w/ AppleCare for $1,798 ($250 off); 20% off tech at eBay; 34" LG Thunderbolt display for $699 ($300 off)

Wednesday May 17, 2017

Shoppers this week can save $250 on Apple's 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and AppleCare, plus no tax outside NY and NJ. Select electronics are also 20% off on eBay with coupon, including unlocked iPhones. B&H has the lowest price available on LG's UltraWide 34" Thunderbolt monitor at $699 as well.

Apple Pay comes to 26 more US banks & credit unions

Wednesday May 17, 2017

On top of reaching Italy, Apple Pay is now available through 26 more U.S. financial institutions, as well as a single extra card issuer in China.

Angela Ahrendts promotes Apple Retail vision, details renovations in new video interview

Wednesday May 17, 2017

In an interview posted on Wednesday, Apple retail head Angela Ahrendts addressed why Apple Retail succeeds where others fail, and how the overnight renovation of some of the smaller retail stores in the U.S. was proposed, and by whom.

Apple's iPhone captures 81 percent of premium $600 smartphones in Russia

Wednesday May 17, 2017

Russia's smartphone shipments grew 6 percent in the first quarter of 2017, but premium smartphones (over $600) in the country grew by 143 percent over the previous year, and Apple captured 81 percent of those sales.

Apple preparing 2.5B euro bond sale to fund capital return program for shareholders [u]

Wednesday May 17, 2017

Apple is preparing a new bond sale in euros, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing by the company, though many of the details are still guarded.

Amazon refreshes Fire tablet lineup, cuts price of Fire HD 8

Wednesday May 17, 2017

Amazon is continuing its recent string of hardware announcements by refreshing its tablet line, with design and power efficiency improvements made to the Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 accompanied by Kids Edition models of both tablets, and the expansion of the Alexa voice assistant on the tablets from the United States to units shipped to the United Kingdom.

iPhone messaging app Signal wins approval for use by U.S. Senate staffers

Wednesday May 17, 2017

The U.S. Senate has quietly approved Signal, an encrypted messaging app for iPhone and Android, for use by the government body's staff.

Apple commences iPhone SE production in India with assembly partner Wistron

Wednesday May 17, 2017

Apple has finally started to assemble iPhones in India, the Cupertino company has confirmed, with local manufacturing partners said to have commenced production of the iPhone SE earlier this month, and initial shipments for domestic customers expected to take place within the next few weeks.

Qualcomm accuses Foxconn & other Apple suppliers of breach of contract

Wednesday May 17, 2017

Chipmaker Qualcomm on Wednesday leveled a complaint against Foxconn and three other Apple manufacturing partners, accusing them of breaking licensing agreements by not paying due royalties.

Apple highlights Global Accessibility Awareness Day on May 18 with "Designed for everyone" video series

Wednesday May 17, 2017

For Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Apple has posted a series of seven videos to YouTube showing how real people make use of Mac, iOS and Apple Watch accessibility features from Switch Control to Siri to VoiceOver. Each tells the story of specific individual in about two minutes.

Steve Jobs wanted Jeff Goldblum to be 'voice of Apple'

Wednesday May 17, 2017

In a recent interview, prolific actor Jeff Goldblum, best known for his work in movies like Jurassic Park and The Fly, revealed Apple cofounder Steve Jobs personally reached out many years ago to be "the voice of Apple."

Apple Pay goes live in Italy with support for Boon, Carrefour and UniCredit

Tuesday May 16, 2017

As rumored, Apple Pay went live for Italian customers on Wednesday local time with initial support from Carrefour, UniCredit and prepaid card marketed by Boon, bringing the service to its 16th market.

Watch: All the hardware rumored to debut at WWDC 2017

Tuesday May 16, 2017

Alongside a widely rumored Siri home speaker, a report on Tuesday claims Apple is preparing a few minor MacBook updates for its upcoming WWDC 2017 conference in June.