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2017

Analyst floats idea of Apple buying Disney to make 'tech/media juggernaut'

Thursday April 13, 2017

A new analyst report suggests that Apple should acquire long-time media partner Disney to smooth out seasonal concerns about earnings and make a massive end-to-end media development and delivery platform -- but this is not the first time this unlikely scenario has been bandied about.

Apple working on breakthrough glucose sensors for Apple Watch, report says

Wednesday April 12, 2017

Apple has reportedly hired a team of biomedical engineers to develop noninvasive glucose sensors for integration in Apple Watch, a solution that could lead to continuous monitoring of blood sugar levels for users with diabetes.

After suing Apple, Qualcomm loses $816M arbitration case to BlackBerry

Wednesday April 12, 2017

An arbitration panel has awarded BlackBerry a preliminary $814.9 million to resolve its claim that it had overpaid patent royalties in its contract with Qualcomm. The specific issue pertains only to Qualcomm's contract with BlackBerry, but highlights the firm's series of parallel intellectual property disputes, most notably a trio of global cases involving Apple as well as government antitrust actions in China, Korea and the United States.

Selfie drone Hover Camera Passport exclusive to Apple stores in $500 bundle

Wednesday April 12, 2017

The Hover Camera Passport, a drone designed for taking selfies, is now exclusively available from Apple stores, including retail outlets and the online store, with the flying imaging device also receiving a number of updates to make it easier to fly.

Microsoft offers free Outlook for Mac Preview to test Google Calendar & Contacts features

Wednesday April 12, 2017

Microsoft on Wednesday released a standalone Outlook for Mac Preview version for free, as part of an attempt to gain more feedback on Google account upgrades including Calendar and Contacts integration.

Acura, Jeep & Hyundai intro new Apple CarPlay-ready vehicles

Wednesday April 12, 2017

Joining Lincoln, three more auto brands -- Acura, Jeep, and Hyundai -- have unveiled CarPlay-equipped vehicles ahead of this weekend's New York International Auto Show.

Deals: High-end 15" MacBook Pro w/ AppleCare for $2,808 ($340 off); 32GB iPhone SE GoPhone for $199; $20 off BeatsX headphones

Wednesday April 12, 2017

Shoppers looking for Apple's high-end 2.7GHz, 16GB, 512GB 15-inch MacBook Pro with Radeon 455 graphics and AppleCare can save $340 this week with coupon. AT&T also has Apple's 32GB iPhone SE GoPhone (no contract) for $199.99. BeatsX headphones are $129.99 ($20 off) as well.

Evernote for macOS gains iOS features on MacBook Pro Touch Bar

Wednesday April 12, 2017

The latest update to Evernote brings bug fixes and simple 2016 MacBook Pro Touch Bar support to the popular note-taking and organizational app.

Artist Rob Zilla shows potential of iPad Pro with Adobe Illustrator Draw, Apple Pencil

Wednesday April 12, 2017

Apple is showcasing illustrations of stars from the NBA created by artist Robert Generette III, also known as "Rob Zilla, showing off the high-quality artwork that can be created on the iPad Pro using the Apple Pencil and Adobe Illustrator Draw.

Lincoln debuts 2018 Navigator with support for Apple CarPlay

Wednesday April 12, 2017

Ford-owned Lincoln on Wednesday revealed the 2018 Navigator, which will support both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto through Ford's SYNC 3 interface.

Apple quietly patched iPhone vulnerability allowing unauthorized collection of sensor data [u]

Wednesday April 12, 2017

Apple in 2016 issued a fix for a website-based iOS exploit that could've allowed hackers to collect sensor data from iPhones, and potentially learn many things about their targets -- even their passcodes, researchers revealed this week. [Updated with Apple clarification]

Official Spotify app coming to Apple Watch with help from third-party developer

Wednesday April 12, 2017

Popular music service Spotify will finally be coming to the Apple Watch in the near future via an official app, developed in conjunction with the creator of a third-party client, Snowy.

Roundup: The best laptop bags, cases and sleeves for Apple's Late 2016 MacBook Pro

Wednesday April 12, 2017

Looking to protect your Late 2016 13-inch or 15-inch MacBook Pro? We're rounding up the best bags and sleeves to house Apple's latest laptops, from designer pieces to budget-friendly cases.

Apple updates TestFlight to enable testing of multiple app builds, 90-day beta periods

Wednesday April 12, 2017

Developers will get more control over the testing of iOS apps, courtesy of an update to TestFlight that allows multiple builds of an app to be tested out simultaneously, as well as providing improvements to the way external app testers are managed, and extending the beta period time to 90 days.

Rumor: Integrating Touch ID into 'iPhone 8' display remains Apple's 'biggest bottleneck'

Wednesday April 12, 2017

Apple is expected to introduce a number of new technologies in this year's anticipated flagship "iPhone 8," but it is the efforts to integrate the Touch ID fingerprint sensor into the handset's display that are apparently causing the company the most trouble.

Toshiba likely to reject $27B memory business bid by Apple manufacturer Foxconn

Wednesday April 12, 2017

Toshiba may turn down a bid for its memory business by Apple manufacturer Hon Hai -- better known as Foxconn -- despite the latter being willing to outbid others by billions of dollars.

Just like its waterproofing, fire-proofing & security-proofing, Samsung's Galaxy S8 Siri-Proofing isn't quite functional yet

Tuesday April 11, 2017

A year ago Samsung touted waterproofing claims for the Galaxy S7 that didn't hold water. Six months ago, Samsung said its Galaxy Note 7 battery fires were under control before they flared up again. This season, Samsung's newest flagship also has features that simply don't work yet, including its Bixby voice service that was supposed to rival Apple's Siri.

Apple invites employees to 'Close the Rings' in Apple Watch fitness challenge

Tuesday April 11, 2017

In what appears to be a corporate health and wellness initiative, Apple in February invited employees to take part in an internal "Close the Rings" challenge that awarded participants with a T-shirt and special achievement pins.

Apple's Mac continues to buck worldwide PC shipment decline in Q1

Tuesday April 11, 2017

Riding a resurgence in Mac sales that kicked off in the fourth quarter of 2016, Apple saw a 4.5 percent increase in shipments over the three-month period ending in March as the wider PC market fell further into the red.

NYU student talks assembling Apple's iPhone 6s & 7 for Pegatron

Tuesday April 11, 2017

In an interview published on Tuesday, a New York University graduate student described working at a Pegatron factory near Shanghai last year as a summer project, where he assembled the iPhone 6s and later the iPhone 7.