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2017

HTC's new U series phones follow Apple's iPhone 7 in eliminating headphone jacks

Thursday January 12, 2017

In a surprise announcement, HTC on Thursday revealed two new flagship phones, the U Ultra and U Play -- both of which, like Apple's iPhone 7, abandon a headphone jack in favor of digital-only audio.

With Verizon, Comcast, Spectrum customers still waiting, Cable One joins Apple's Single Sign-On

Thursday January 12, 2017

Apple has added cable company Cable One to its Single Sign-On feature for iOS and tvOS, while most cable subscribers in the U.S. still can't utilize the feature at all.

Adobe concept demonstrates editing images on iPad using just your voice

Thursday January 12, 2017

Photographs may be edited by voice commands alone in the future, creative software producer Adobe hopes, showcasing a new proof-of-concept video that shows a Siri-like digital assistant on an iPad being used to make changes to an image.

Amazon steps up video offerings with Anime Strike, its first self-branded content on Channels

Thursday January 12, 2017

Amazon on Thursday launched Anime Strike, its first self-branded option under the Amazon Channels subscription program -- with more coming soon, the company said.

Apple SVP Lisa Jackson named as member of new US DOT automated vehicle committee

Thursday January 12, 2017

In an effort to unify and regulate the introduction of automated vehicles to U.S. highways, the Department of Transportation has established a new advisory committee to steer the future of the department, including Apple Vice President Lisa Jackson.

After $34M in preorders, iOS-connected self-flying drone project Lily crashes, will issue refunds

Thursday January 12, 2017

Citing production issues, the makers of Lily -- an autonomous, iOS-connected drone that aimed to simplify aerial photography --have announced that their project has been completely canceled, and refunds will be issued to customers over the next 60 days.

Apple rivals Samsung & LG aiming for foldable phones by end of 2017

Thursday January 12, 2017

Two of Apple's competitors in the smartphone space -- Samsung and LG -- may launch their first foldable phones towards the end of the year, potentially dampening the "wow" factor of a redesigned "iPhone 8."

Apple negotiating to expand scripted programming in 2017 for Apple Music - report

Thursday January 12, 2017

In the wake of "Carpool Karaoke" and "Planet of the Apps," a new report suggests that Apple may be looking at expanding unique scripted content, to draw users to the iTunes and iPhone ecosystems, and boost Apple Music subscriptions

Apple AirPods concept finalized since at least mid-2015, patent filing shows

Thursday January 12, 2017

In debuting AirPods, Apple also introduced a seamless, dead simple Bluetooth pairing method powered by its new W1 chip. A patent application published Thursday appears to detail exactly how the system functions.

Apple revenues from iOS ecosystem should exceed $1 trillion this year, analyst says

Thursday January 12, 2017

According to independent analyst Horace Dediu, Apple's iOS hardware ecosystem and related services is on schedule to generate a cumulative $1 trillion sometime in 2017, a milestone for a consumer product.

Mac sales stabilize in Q4 amid worldwide PC shipment decline

Wednesday January 11, 2017

After a steep slide last quarter, Apple's Mac saw a 2.4 percent sales increase over the three-month period ending in December as the wider PC market continued to suffer a now five year drought.

Peter Thiel says 'age of Apple' at its end

Wednesday January 11, 2017

Venture capitalist and Facebook board member Peter Thiel in an interview on Wednesday prognosticates the "age of Apple" is at its end, saying the evolution of the smartphone has reached a zenith.

Tony Fadell explains early iPhone development process

Wednesday January 11, 2017

Former Apple executive Tony Fadell discusses the genesis of what would become the iPhone, Steve Jobs' insistence about a rotary dial in software, and the evolution of the iPod in a new interview.

Fitbit looks to challenge Apple Watch with new acquisitions

Wednesday January 11, 2017

Fitbit recently made two big acquisitions that place the fitness wearable manufacturer in a good position to field true smartwatch products that challenge the Apple Watch.

JetBlue completes fleet-wide rollout of high-speed Fly-Fi

Wednesday January 11, 2017

U.S. budget airline JetBlue on Wednesday announced the finished rollout of Fly-Fi, a free in-flight Wi-Fi service that claims to offer faster connections than some paid options like Gogo.

One Drop launches Chrome Blood Glucose Monitoring with HealthKit on Apple's online store

Wednesday January 11, 2017

One Drop on Wednesday launched the Chrome Blood Glucose Monitoring Kit on Apple's online store, offering a heavily iOS-based option for people suffering from diabetes.

Apple's AirPods grabbed 26% of wireless headphone sales after launch, report claims

Wednesday January 11, 2017

Apple's AirPods have made a sizable impact on the wireless headphone market, according to research from Slice Intelligence, with the audio accessory reportedly capturing more than a quarter of the market.

Rejected by Apple a year ago, 'The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth' accepted into App Store with no changes

Wednesday January 11, 2017

Cult indie game The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is now available to download from the App Store, after previously being rejected by Apple over themes of violence towards children.

Astropad Studio promises to turn iPad Pro with Apple Pencil into high-end graphics tablet

Wednesday January 11, 2017

Astropad on Wednesday launched Astropad Studio, a new edition of its second-screen app for the iPad, geared towards making an iPad Pro suitable as a professional drawing tablet.

Waterlogged landscaping, open Atrium shown in latest 4K drone video of Apple's Campus 2

Wednesday January 11, 2017

New drone footage of Apple's Campus 2 construction project from the sky reveals progress is still being made on the development, though the onslaught of rain is making the task of landscaping the area a tougher task for developers.