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2016

Apple gets green light to add 1,000 jobs at Irish headquarters

Friday August 26, 2016

More than nine months after Apple first announced plans to expand its European headquarters in Cork, Ireland, and amid an EU probe into questionable tax practices, the company was recently granted approval to add 1,000 people to its workforce over the next 18 months.

Apple again rumored to axe iPhone home button in 2017

Thursday August 25, 2016

Apple is again rumored to be on track to remove the iconic physical home button from its flagship mobile product, the iPhone, when a next-generation version of the device launches next year.

Apple to integrate Japan's FeliCa tap-to-pay standard in next-gen iPhone, report says

Thursday August 25, 2016

Apple is reportedly working to release a special iPhone model for the Japanese market that will integrate a specific iteration of Sony-developed FeliCa technology, a longstanding tap-to-pay solution for smartphones.

Watchdog group finds Pegatron exploiting workers in lead up to 'iPhone 7' launch

Thursday August 25, 2016

Apple's repeated demands that suppliers cut costs have reportedly prompted "iPhone 7" manufacturing partner Pegatron to skirt the tech giant's audits with covert decreases in effective pay and increases in illegal overtime amid worsening working conditions, according to frequent critic China Labor Watch.

Apple-1 'Celebration' motherboard auction pulls in $815K

Thursday August 25, 2016

The motherboard believed to be amongst the first hand built prototypes for the Apple-1 fell short of million dollar estimates, but still reaped $815,000 with a portion going to charity.

Apple's Siri & rivals being hampered by poor microphone tech

Thursday August 25, 2016

Apple's Siri -- and other voice assistants from the likes of Amazon, Google, and Microsoft -- are being held back by the state microphone hardware, a report noted on Thursday.

Dangerous, targeted iPhone attack nullified by Apple with iOS 9.3.5 patch

Thursday August 25, 2016

More details have emerged about the need for the iOS 9.3.5 patch, which looks to have terminated a trio of exploits capable of a remote jailbreak and mass exfiltration of data from a target's iPhone, including device and account passwords.

Apple's iTunes ranks fourth in JD Power satisfaction survey for paid streaming video

Thursday August 25, 2016

J.D. Power on Thursday published a new customer satisfaction survey for paid video streaming services, ranking Apple's iTunes below three major competitors.

Apple issues iOS 9.3.5 update, patching serious security issues discovered just 10 days ago

Thursday August 25, 2016

Apple on Thursday pushed out yet another important update for its iOS 9 operating system, addressing serious security holes apparently exploited by an Israeli hacking firm, in what could be the final patch ahead of the release of iOS 10.

WhatsApp says it will share some data with Facebook for ads & other purposes

Thursday August 25, 2016

Messaging service WhatsApp on Thursday updated its user terms and privacy policy, revealing that it will start sharing phone numbers and some analytics data with its parent company, Facebook.

Spigen rolls the dice, launches 33 protective cases for Apple's unannounced 'iPhone 7' lineup

Thursday August 25, 2016

Case manufacturing company Spigen appears to be the first to deliver protective cases for the "iPhone 7" and "iPhone 7 Plus" to the consumer market, though whether they will actually fit the rumored devices remains to be seen.

DJI debuts iPhone-connected Osmo+ camera with zoom & other enhancements

Thursday August 25, 2016

DJI on Thursday revealed the Osmo+, a new version of its handheld iPhone-controlled gimbal camera with several upgrades, most notably built-in zoom functions.

Apple Maps team enhances Japanese station data, setting stage for transit directions in iOS 10

Thursday August 25, 2016

Apple is reportedly improving the detail of its train/subway station mapping for Tokyo and other Japanese cities, preparing for the long-awaited arrival of public transit directions.

Supply chain sees tablet market expansion, with Apple's iPad holding fast

Thursday August 25, 2016

Apple is expected see consistent sales of its high-end offerings in the third calendar quarter of 2016, while other companies like Samsung and Amazon will be greatly impacted by the flood of "white box" generic tablets from Chinese manufacturers.

Apple to take on Snapchat, Facebook in 2017 with new iPhone video editing app - report

Thursday August 25, 2016

Apple is said to be looking to tiptoe into the social media space again, both expanding social media sharing within its OS suites, and building a Snapchat-like video and image sharing service for a 2017 launch.

Future iPhones might collect fingerprints, photos of thieves

Thursday August 25, 2016

An Apple patent application published on Thursday describes a method of storing an unauthorized user's biometric information, which can help strengthen security management or assist in device recovery and criminal prosecution in the case of a theft.

Apple Music Festival to feature Elton John, Alicia Keys, Chance the Rapper, others

Thursday August 25, 2016

Apple on Thursday announced the full lineup of its upcoming Apple Music Festival slated to kick off on Sept. 18 in London, where music industry icons like Elton John and Alicia Keys will take the stage at the historic Roundhouse theater with up and coming stars including Chance the Rapper and The 1975.

Frank Ocean's Apple Music releases potentially mark beginning of end for streaming exclusives

Wednesday August 24, 2016

After four years out of the spotlight, Frank Ocean last week debuted not one, but two new albums on Apple Music. And while the rare double release delighted fans, it raised the ire of one of the world's biggest record labels, potentially marking the beginning of the end for streaming exclusives.

Apple ceases code signing for iOS 9.3.2 and iOS 9.3.3, blocks Pangu jailbreak

Wednesday August 24, 2016

Apple on Wednesday stopped signing code for iOS 9.3.2 and iOS 9.3.3, meaning device users who upgraded to the most recent iOS 9.3.4 version, or who have not yet upgraded from iOS 9.3.1, are no longer able to access the release.

Apple suggests five new professional emoji be added to Unicode Standard

Wednesday August 24, 2016

As the Unicode Consortium evaluates a proposed update to emoji standards that includes new Google-recommended characters representing various professions, Apple in August submitted its own suggestion to add another five jobs to the list.