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2017

Apple adds a Mother's Day Challenge for HealthKit Activity, Apple Watch

Friday May 12, 2017

In recognition of Mother's Day on May 14, Apple is creating a special "Mother's Day Challenge" to reward a walk, run or wheelchair workout "of a mile or more" with a special achievement badge in the Activity app, as well as stickers for use within iMessage.

Apple publishes 'How to Shoot on iPhone 7' video series to website

Thursday May 11, 2017

Apple on Thursday added a new page to its website dedicated to taking better photos with iPhone 7. The mini-site is filled with short tutorial videos that explain -- and advertise -- the handset's various capture modes to new users, while offering lessons on basic photography techniques.

Sleep specialist Roy Raymann leaves Apple in tandem with Beddit takeover

Thursday May 11, 2017

An important sleep research expert, Dr. Roy J.E.M. Raymann, appears to have quietly left Apple last month, just ahead of the company's Beddit acquisition.

Amazon Prime Video for tvOS will be announced at WWDC, Apple TV returning to Amazon.com

Thursday May 11, 2017

In exchange for Apple bringing the Amazon Prime Video app to tvOS, Amazon will reportedly return the favor and begin sales of the Apple TV hardware via its online storefront, and the changes could come as soon as next month's WWDC.

Fall update will bring Continuity- & Universal Clipboard-like features to Microsoft's Windows 10

Thursday May 11, 2017

At its ongoing Build conference on Thursday, Microsoft revealed early details of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, which will notably incorporate new features linking up with Apple's iPhones and iPads.

iPod-Father Tony Fadell speaks at Computer History Museum's iPhone 360

Thursday May 11, 2017

Last night, as part of its "iPhone 360" series of events celebrating the ten year anniversary of Apple's iconic phone, California's Computer History Museum located in Mountain View hosted a conversation between Tony Fadell and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Markoff.

Study uses Apple Watch heart rate sensor to detect serious heart condition with 97% accuracy

Thursday May 11, 2017

New research conducted by the University of California, San Francisco, in collaboration with Apple Watch app Cardiogram, shows Apple Watch's heart rate sensor can aid in the detection of atrial fibrillation, a common heart arrhythmia that can lead to stroke.

'iPhone 8' may pair FaceTime camera with 24mm or 28mm adjunct lens for facial ID

Thursday May 11, 2017

With LG Innotek's new Apple-specific facility pegged as the supplier for the front-facing cameras on the "iPhone 8," speculation has turned to what exactly is mounted to facilitate the rumored facial recognition feature said to be in the device.

Snap's fledgling Spectacles sold just over 63,000 units in March quarter

Thursday May 11, 2017

In a sign of how tough the market for Apple's rumored augmented reality glasses could be, Snap is estimated to have sold a little over 63,800 pairs of Spectacles in the March quarter.

Apple to release iTunes on Windows Store, ensuring compatibility with Windows 10 S

Thursday May 11, 2017

With Microsoft's forthcoming education-focused Windows 10 S operating system only allowing applications from the Windows Store, Apple will release its popular iTunes application on the official digital storefront, ensuring students will still have access to the media and management tool.

Last call! Deals: $350 off high-end 15" MacBook Pro w/ AppleCare; $225 off 13" Touch Bar MacBook Pros w/ AC; $70 off ceramic Apple Watch

Thursday May 11, 2017

Shoppers looking for the lowest price on a 15" Touch Bar MacBook Pro can save $185 this week on the base model or $350 on the high-end Radeon 460 config with 1TB of storage and AppleCare. Readers can also save $225 on the 512GB 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and AppleCare. Apple's ceramic Watch Edition is $1,179 this week with no tax in 48 states as well.

New Sonnet Echo Express SE III supports three PCI-E cards on Thunderbolt 3 Macs

Thursday May 11, 2017

Sonnet has added to its line of PCI-E breakout boxes, and has launched the Echo Express SE III, enabling the use of three expansion cards with the 2016 Retina MacBook Pro.

LG Innotek reportedly supplying facial recognition cameras for Apple's 'iPhone 8'

Thursday May 11, 2017

LG Innotek is supplying facial recognition camera modules for Apple's "iPhone 8," according to reports out of South Korea, using a new facility dedicated to Apple products.

Ukranian dev MacPaw is new host of 40-piece Apple hardware museum formerly at Tekserve in NYC

Thursday May 11, 2017

App developer MacPaw has been revealed as the purchaser of all of the Tekserve Apple musuem collection, and has put it all on display at the company's office Ukraine.

Apple investigating light-up Lightning & USB-C cables with optical data transmission

Thursday May 11, 2017

Apple has shown interest in an illuminated Lightning, Thunderbolt, or USB-C connector receptacle and cable combination, providing users both a new avenue of data transmission, as well as providing feedback on a proper connection being made.

Search for seemingly anything in Photos for iOS and Mac thanks to Apple's object recognition

Thursday May 11, 2017

Apple's Photos apps for both iOS and macOS feature advanced object recognition technology, identifying items with great specificity and surprising accuracy, from common scenic queries like "beaches" to something as specific as "avocados."

TSMC starts production of 10nm 'A11' chips for Apple's 'iPhone 8'

Thursday May 11, 2017

Apple's mobile processor manufacturer, TSMC, has reportedly entered into production of 10-nanometer chips for this year's upcoming iPhones.

Apple invention details deep Siri integration with Messages

Thursday May 11, 2017

Apple in a patent application published Thursday details a method of integrating an intelligent virtual assistant -- Siri -- into a messaging environment, allowing users to participate in text-based exchanges with the AI, while opening up automation and helper tools to traditional Messages conversations with friends.

Apple creates Giphy channel to advertise Apple Music content with GIFs

Wednesday May 10, 2017

In its latest attempt at social media marketing, Apple recently invited followers of its Apple Music Twitter account to view and share custom made GIFs of exclusive content like the upcoming Harry Styles documentary.

Apple plans major expansions at Arizona and Nevada data centers

Wednesday May 10, 2017

Apple is looking to bolster its services backend with major expansions at existing data centers in Arizona and Nevada, including a $1 billion investment that doubles its commitment to a Reno Technology Park facility.