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2017

Contradictory report cites 5 Apple wireless charging teams on 'iPhone 8,' no tech breakthroughs

Thursday February 23, 2017

A new report highlights Apple's involvement with wireless charging protocol specification Qi's organizing body, and claims that Apple's iPhone moves are driven more by marketing needs than by any particular drive for innovation in new products.

Fitbit's $23M Pebble purchase lower than expected, under financial pressure from Apple Watch success

Thursday February 23, 2017

Fitbit has confirmed it paid $23 million for smartwatch maker Pebble, far below the expected value of the deal when it was announced in early December, reflecting both companies' struggles against the Apple Watch.

Federal court rules police can't force building-wide iPhone fingerprint unlocks

Thursday February 23, 2017

Possibly reversing recent trends in law enforcement, a U.S. federal court in Illinois has ruled that warrants can't be used to demand broad fingerprint unlocks for all of the devices in a building, such as Apple iPhones.

Apple's acoustic imaging technology might replace Touch ID in future iPhones

Thursday February 23, 2017

Apple is rumored to replace iPhone's Touch ID home button with alternative bio-recognition hardware when it launches an OLED version of the handset later this year, but the technology enabling that transition is so far an unknown. A patent application published Thursday, however, indicates where the company's research is headed.

Apple condemns Trump withdrawal of transgender bathroom use protections

Thursday February 23, 2017

Apple on Wednesday issued a statement in response to President Donald Trump's recent withdrawal of federal protections for transgender students, condemning the action as an effort that sets back human rights initiatives.

Which internet-only TV service should Apple device owners use?

Wednesday February 22, 2017

People truly wanting to cut the cord now have three major internet TV services to choose from: Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and DirecTV Now. All of them support iOS devices and the Apple TV, among other platforms -- which one if any should you consider subscribing to?

ColorWare now sells custom painted AirPods in 58 colors for $130 premium

Wednesday February 22, 2017

Although AirPods are still out of stock, those who waited to purchase Apple's first wireless earphones now have additional color options -- 58 to be exact -- to choose from thanks to aftermarket customization firm ColorWare.

Tim Cook to relocate office to Apple Park, report says

Wednesday February 22, 2017

Adding to Wednesday's Apple Park news, a new report claims CEO Tim Cook plans to move his office to the company's futuristic campus later this year, likely when other employees begin the migration from Infinite Loop in April.

Google's Chrome Canary web browser adds MacBook Pro Touch Bar support

Wednesday February 22, 2017

As third-party developers slowly incorporate support for Apple's new MacBook Pro Touch Bar, Google on Wednesday integrated assets for the OLED control strip in the latest version of its Chrome Canary experimental web browser.

Instagram's iPhone app adds support for uploading multiple photos & videos in one post

Wednesday February 22, 2017

Facebook's Instagram on Wednesday announced support for uploading up to 10 photos and videos in a single post, potentially radically changing how people use the social network.

How to make your Apple Watch battery last longer

Wednesday February 22, 2017

For some heavy Apple Watch users constantly checking their wrists, Apple's wearable device may not quite provide the 18-hour battery life the company advertises. For Apple Watch addicts, AppleInsider offers a handful of simple things you can do to squeeze some extra time out of your battery.

Strava adds support for iPhone-free running & biking with GPS on Apple Watch Series 2

Wednesday February 22, 2017

Via an update, Strava's signature fitness app now makes use of the GPS on the Apple Watch Series 2 -- allowing activity tracking without carrying an iPhone along, the developer has announced.

Swift-based ransomware targets macOS pirates with false decryption promise

Wednesday February 22, 2017

New ransomware for the Mac has been discovered by security researchers, with the "poorly coded" malware created in Swift encrypting the user's files and demanding a payment, without any possibility of decrypting the files even if the ransom is paid.

Apple Watch & ResearchKit epilepsy study concludes, gleans insight on seizure triggers

Wednesday February 22, 2017

A research study on epilepsy with the Apple Watch and ResearchKit at the core of the work has concluded, and is shedding light on seizure triggers, hopefully paving the way for better identification of precursors of the disruptive and dangerous event.

iOS 10 now installed on 79% of Apple's mobile devices

Wednesday February 22, 2017

A little over 5 months after the update's release, iOS 10 had made it onto 79 percent of iOS devices, according to official Apple statistics shared with developers.

Santander among more than 40 banks, credit unions added in latest US Apple Pay expansion

Wednesday February 22, 2017

Apple Pay has today gained support from more than 40 new banks and credit unions in the U.S., including Santander Bank, inching the total of participating nationwide card issuers closer to 2,000.

Apple confirms existence of Cambridge Siri R&D lab with new office sign

Wednesday February 22, 2017

Apple is no longer keeping its Siri research and development office in Cambridge, U.K. a secret, revealing the facility's existence by constructing a sign bearing the company logo beside the building's front door.

Foxconn workers depart company, rather than shift to non-iPhone assembly -- report

Wednesday February 22, 2017

Apple partner and device assembler Foxconn is going on a hiring spree at China colleges, but reports from within the company claim that as iPhone 7 manufacturing winds down, assemblers would rather leave than deal with lower pay and fewer safety precautions when building goods from other companies.

Apple, Foxconn & TSMC consider swooping in on Toshiba's flash memory business

Wednesday February 22, 2017

Apple, Foxconn, and TSMC are among a group of over 10 companies hoping to win a majority stake in Toshiba's flash memory business, reports say.

Apple Park's campus auditorium named 'Steve Jobs Theater,' opens later in year

Wednesday February 22, 2017

As part of the new "spaceship" campus, now called "Apple Park," Apple is commemorating its legendary cofounder, naming the auditorium that overlooks the facility "Steve Jobs Theater."