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2017

How to turn on Siri for third-party apps in iOS 10

Friday January 13, 2017

Apple made a big deal of third-party Siri integration when it introduced iOS 10 last year, but you may have noticed that you can't order your favorite apps around by default -- here's how to make it work.

Deals: 32GB Apple TV for $129; $150 off 2016 13" MacBook Pro; 1TB 27" iMac 5K for $2,199

Friday January 13, 2017

Shoppers this week can save $20 on 32GB and 64GB Apple TVs or $150 on Apple's latest 13-inch MacBook Pro without Touch Bar thanks to exclusive savings. Or snap up an upgraded 27" iMac 5K (3.2GHz, 32GB, 1TB, M380) at $200 off with free shipping and no tax collected outside NY and NJ.

Android creator Andy Rubin plans AI-equipped smartphone with edge-to-edge display, ceramic back

Friday January 13, 2017

The man behind Google's Android platform, Andy Rubin, is preparing to reveal a company that will field a high-end smartphone with a bezel-free screen, ceramic back, and a heavy focus on AI -- posing yet another challenge to Apple's iPhone, a report said on Friday.

Revenue from Apple's App Store grows 60% to $5.4 billion

Friday January 13, 2017

An end-of-year report into non-gaming app revenues reveals a considerable yearly increase, with streaming media apps including Spotify, Netflix, and Pandora contributing heavily to the higher revenue levels seen by Apple's App Store.

New Swift project head Ted Kremenek said to be running the show behind the scenes for some time

Friday January 13, 2017

Apple senior manager Ted Kremenek has been named as the new lead of the Swift development project, and has apparently been operating in that capacity for some time behind the scenes, according to outgoing head Chris Lattner.

US appeals court reopens Apple v. Samsung iPhone design suit in wake of Supreme Court ruling

Friday January 13, 2017

In the aftermath of a critical Supreme Court ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has reopened a long-standing Apple lawsuit accusing Samsung of copying the iPhone's design.

WhatsApp backdoor defeats end-to-end encryption, potentially allows Facebook to read messages [u]

Friday January 13, 2017

The security of the Facebook-owned WhatsApp messaging service may not be as strong as previously believed, with a reported discovery of a backdoor that potentially allows Facebook see the contents of encrypted messages [updated with statement from WhatsApp].

Trump-proposed corporate tax reform predicted to have minor positive impact on Apple EPS

Friday January 13, 2017

Given current speculation on tax reform in the U.S., analysts predict that with all other factors unchanged Apple will see a negative impact on its cash hoard because of a repatriation tax, and an increase on taxes paid to import manufactured goods from China, but an overall slight uptick on earnings per share as a result of all factors.

Apple's 'iPhone 8' to gain tougher IP68 water and dust resistance - report

Friday January 13, 2017

When it launches later this year, Apple is reportedly planning to make the water and dust resistance of the "iPhone 8" even better than the iPhone 7, upgrading it to an IP68 rating.

Nintendo's new Switch console will allow remote parental controls via Apple's iPhone

Friday January 13, 2017

In announcing its upcoming Switch console this week, Nintendo revealed that parents will have access to extensive controls on how their children play by way of a mobile app available for Apple's iOS.

Snapchat for iPhone adding universal search bar to speed up interactions

Friday January 13, 2017

Image and video sharing app Snapchat is making itself easier and quicker to navigate by username, via a soon-to-arrive update for iOS introducing a universal search bar that gives access to core functions.

Apple Music rival Pandora cuts 7% of US staff despite upturn in subscribers

Friday January 13, 2017

One of Apple's competitors in the music space, Pandora, has announced plans to lay off 7 percent of its U.S. workers -- excluding those at Ticketfly -- despite improvements in its paid subscriber base, and plans to launch on-demand streaming.

AppleInsider podcast talks 10 years of iPhone, CES, and more

Friday January 13, 2017

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about 10 years of iPhone, all the HomeKit things introduced at CES, and what's going on with Apple and transportation.

Apple culture of secrecy claimed to cause Swift lead's exit, but Chris Lattner denies report

Friday January 13, 2017

According to colleagues, Swift developer Chris Lattner reportedly left Apple because of a culture of secrecy within the company -- a claim that Lattner denies.

Apple suppliers Foxconn, Sharp, TSMC all weigh building manufacturing plants in USA

Friday January 13, 2017

Three of Apple's key suppliers -- Foxconn and its subsidiary Sharp, as well as chipmaker TSMC --have all expressed interest in taking advantage of business-friendly incentives proposed by incoming U.S. President Donald Trump, though no commitments have been made.

Apple boosts tvOS app size limit to 4GB

Thursday January 12, 2017

Apple on Thursday announced a change in App Store policy which increases the size limit of tvOS app bundles from 200 megabytes to 4 gigabytes, a boost that should provide a better end user experience upon initial installation.

US appeals court says public has right to sue Apple over App Store exclusivity

Thursday January 12, 2017

A U.S. federal appeals court ruled on Thursday that people do indeed have the right to sue Apple over limiting iOS devices to apps from the App Store, potentially paving the way for an open app marketplace in the future.

Consumer Reports now recommends MacBook Pro after Apple software fix

Thursday January 12, 2017

In a bit of backpedaling, Consumer Reports on Thursday said it can now recommend Apple's new MacBook Pro lineup after a software fix remedied battery life inconsistencies found in previous testing.

Apple seeds iOS 10.2.1 beta 4 to developers and public testers

Thursday January 12, 2017

Just days after Apple seeded a third beta version of iOS 10.2.1 to developers, the company on Thursday issued a fourth iteration of the forthcoming operating system for testing.

Suspected San Bernardino iPhone penetrators Cellebrite fall victim to server hack

Thursday January 12, 2017

Cellebrite, the Israeli digital forensics firm thought to have provided the FBI with assistance to break the security of the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, has confirmed it has been the victim of a security breach of one of its servers.