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2017

'Intentional' event redirects cloud traffic from Apple, Google & others through Russia

Thursday December 14, 2017

Internet traffic coming into and out of Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and other companies was briefly redirected through a Russian provider on Wednesday, in what appears to have been a deliberate move.

Pro Video Formats macOS extension updated for new Final Cut Pro X support

Thursday December 14, 2017

Alongside the update to Final Cut Pro X, Apple has also made available a new version of the Pro Video Formats extension, with extension of MXF to not just QuickTime Player but other supported macOS applications, plus wider AVC-Intra support.

18-core iMac Pro starts at $7,399, ships in 6-8 weeks, can be maxed out for $13,199

Thursday December 14, 2017

The start of iMac Pro sales means customers now know exactly how much their custom configurations will cost, and when they are expected to ship. Buyers interested in the top-of-the-line desktop can expect to fork over more than $7,000 for an 18-core beast, though it won't ship until February.

Apple begins selling $4999 27-inch iMac Pro with 8-core CPU, deliveries arrive Dec. 27

Thursday December 14, 2017

Apple on Thursday kicked off sales of the iMac Pro, its first all-in-one professional-grade desktop, packing 8 Intel Xeon processing cores and 32 gigabytes of RAM into the entry-level $4,999 model. The first orders via Apple's website arrive just after Christmas.

Apple updates Final Cut Pro X to version 10.4, with 8K video editing, extended VR video support

Thursday December 14, 2017

Acting as an early herald of iMac Pro sales, Apple has updated Final Cut Pro, with new features including editing full-resolution 8K video, and extension of 360-degree VR video support to Motion and Compressor.

Apple details indoor maps coverage of 34 airports, multiple malls

Wednesday December 13, 2017

Apple started implementing indoor mapping data with iOS 11, offering users a new navigation aid for major airports and large malls. While rollout has been slow, the company on Wednesday compiled a list of the 43 indoor locations where users can take advantage of the feature.

Redbox On Demand is rental service's second attempt at internet streaming

Wednesday December 13, 2017

Redbox, known for its DVD and Blu-Ray rental kiosks, is making a second attempt at internet streaming with Redbox On Deman, a service that looks to take on industry incumbents Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

Lisa Jackson details iPhone 8, iPhone X environmentally friendly design, more in interview

Wednesday December 13, 2017

Apple routinely touts environmentally-friendly aspects of new product releases, and that was no different with iPhone 8 and iPhone X. In a newly unearthed interview, Apple's VP for Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson details how the company designed its latest flagships to be the greenest ever offered.

Apple ready to expand Advanced Manufacturing Fund beyond $1B, COO says

Wednesday December 13, 2017

After Apple announced plans to infuse $390 million into U.S. firm Finisar as part of its $1 billion Advanced Manufacturing Fund, COO Jeff Williams commented on the company's investment strategy, saying the figure is "absolutely not" a final cap.

Sen. Marco Rubio says Apple bending to Chinese authoritarianism to gain market access

Wednesday December 13, 2017

Speaking at a Congressional hearing on Wednesday, Florida Senator Marco Rubio took Apple CEO Tim Cook to task for his policies on China, accusing him of hypocrisy when it comes to the company's stated values.

Spotify, others complain to EU about Apple's 'unfair' App Store practices

Wednesday December 13, 2017

Europe's streaming services are again on the hunt for better business arrangements, as Spotify, Deezer and others this week asked the European Commission to rein in U.S. tech firms that are "regularly abusing their advantaged position."

Killer Deals: Apple's high-end 15" MacBook Pro for $1,999; $1,000 off loaded model; Samsung 34" USB-C Monitor $599; plus no tax outside NY & NJ

Wednesday December 13, 2017

While supplies last, save up to $1,000 on 15" MacBook Pros (Late 2016). Pick up a high-end 2.7GHz config with 512GB of storage and Radeon 555 graphics for $1,999. Or opt for the loaded 2.9GHz, 1TB, Radeon 460 model for $2,499, a deal we haven't seen since Cyber Monday. Plus, expedited shipping is free with no sales tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

New HomePod beta firmware released, unlikely to divulge much about future products

Wednesday December 13, 2017

Apple employees with a HomePod have a new firmware version available for testing -- with older versions of the device's code having revealed much about the then forthcoming iPhone X.

Apple releases first iOS 11.2.5, watchOS 4.2.2, tvOS 11.2.5 betas

Wednesday December 13, 2017

On the heels of Wednesday's release of iOS 11.2.1, Apple issued new beta versions of iOS, watchOS and tvOS, all of which are thought to include minor performance updates and bug fixes.

Apple & Samsung could be only smartphone makers with 7nm chips in 2018

Wednesday December 13, 2017

Apple and Samsung could potentially become the only smartphone vendors and chip designers to adopt 7-nanometer processors for 2018 phones, owing to the costs involved, a report noted on Wednesday.

Platformer 'Fez,' puzzler 'Life is Strange' arrive on App Store for iPhone, iPad

Wednesday December 13, 2017

Two games that made a name for themselves on consoles and PC have made their way to the iPhone and iPad, with 'Fez Pocket Edition' now available to download from the App Store, while 'Life is Strange' will arrive on iPhone and iPad from Dec. 14.

Review: Sphero R2-D2 and BB-9E from 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' are great toys, better Swift learning aids

Wednesday December 13, 2017

Toys, and particularly tech toys, can have very short half lives. AppleInsider has been playing with three of Sphero's "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" app-controlled droids by a dad who was there in 1977, and by a pair of children who long to be a long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.

Apple releases promised iOS 11.2.1 and tvOS 11.2.1 update, restoring shared HomeKit access

Wednesday December 13, 2017

Apple has released iOS 11.2.1 and tvOS 11.2.1, with bug fixes and minor changes including restoration of remote access to shared users of the Home app.

T-Mobile's plan to roll out TV service in 2018 with Layer3 TV assets sets up streaming video battlefront

Wednesday December 13, 2017

T-Mobile has acquired television provider Layer3 TV, and will launch its own streaming TV service with the technology in 2018, possibly gearing up for a battle not only with the other wireless providers, but possibly with Apple and Amazon as well.

Apple Music rival Tidal may only have enough cash to run six months

Wednesday December 13, 2017

Tidal, the on-demand music service owned by rapper and businessman Jay-Z, could have as little as six months' worth of cash on hand, according to reports.