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2016

Facebook starts testing end-to-end encryption for Messenger conversations

Friday July 08, 2016

Facebook on Friday announced initial testing of end-to-end encryption in Messenger, which should keep some conversations secure from any possible intrusion, even by Facebook itself.

Apple to open iOS App Development Center in Italy this October

Friday July 08, 2016

Apple's CFO Luca Maestri has declared Italy's University of Naples Federico II as the location for Europe's first iOS coding talent incubator, set to open its doors in just a few months.

Apple chassis supplier Catcher sees revenue drop in likely switchover to 'iPhone 7' production

Friday July 08, 2016

Catcher -- Apple's partner on metal chassis components -- claimed a significant drop in June revenues on Thursday, but linked the dip to unnamed clients switching orders over from old products to new ones.

AppleInsider podcast talks iOS 10 beta 2, Lightning headphones, 'iPhone 7' rumors

Friday July 08, 2016

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor discuss the latest updates found in iOS 10 beta 2. They also wrap up all the current "iPhone 7" rumors, discuss the current state of Lightning-connected headphones, and talk about the new Mac malware (and why you don't need to worry too much about it).

Apple Maps adds 29 Flyover locations, expands traffic and transit

Friday July 08, 2016

Continuing its perpetual Apple Maps feature rollout, Apple on Thursday activated Flyover imagery for 29 new locations, while adding traffic and transit data for multiple international locales including Chile and Vatican City.

Apple CEO Tim Cook calls for racial equality in light of US shooting deaths

Friday July 08, 2016

In light of two fatal police shootings of black men in as many days, Apple chief executive Tim Cook voiced a call for justice on Thursday, calling the recent events "senseless killings."

Apple's new 'starter guides' help educators integrate iPad, iOS into curriculum

Thursday July 07, 2016

In a bid to extend its reach into the educational technology market, Apple on Thursday released a set of guidebooks designed to help educators better implement products like iPad and iOS apps into classroom activities.

Apple's use of web carousels target of new patent lawsuit

Thursday July 07, 2016

A Pennsylvania man is suing Apple for using carousels on its website, claiming the common web user interface is in infringement of patented technology dating back to 2008.

Flash Deal: Apple's 2015 13" MacBook Air (1.6GHz, 4GB, 256GB) for $829 ($370 off)

Thursday July 07, 2016

While supplies last, Apple authorized reseller B&H is taking $370 off Apple's Early 2015 13-inch MacBook Air (1.6GHz, 4GB, 256GB), bringing the price to $829 with free expedited shipping and no tax outside of NY. MacMall is also slashing prices on 9.7-inch iPad Pros by $55-$115 with exclusive coupon savings this weekend.

Another Mac-specific malware pops up, but Apple's Gatekeeper still prevents infection

Thursday July 07, 2016

A second piece of Mac-specific malware has been discovered this week, one that could expose the passwords stored in the macOS Keychain. But once again, Apple's Gatekeeper security -- when properly configured -- will block the attack from succeeding.

Why Apple's Transit Maps are rolling out so slowly

Thursday July 07, 2016

A year ago, Apple launched Transit directions in iOS 9 Maps, but so far there's only a limited number of cities worldwide that support the new feature. Here's why.

Lunch with Apple's Bozoma Saint John up for charity auction

Thursday July 07, 2016

A "power lunch" with the chief of global consumer marketing for Apple Music and iTunes Bozoma Saint John is up for auction, with the proceeds benefitting the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation.

Apple releases first public betas of iOS 10, macOS Sierra [u]

Thursday July 07, 2016

Fulfilling a promise it made at WWDC in June, Apple has released the first public betas of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra on Thursday, giving an early glimpse at software that won't be finished until sometime this fall. [Updated]

Audible's new Channels service pits Amazon against Apple in podcasts

Thursday July 07, 2016

Amazon's Audible division on Thursday launched Channels, a service with exclusive short-form audio content that looks to challenge Apple's current dominance of the podcasting space.

How to skip the airport's US Customs line with your iPhone

Thursday July 07, 2016

An iPhone app authorized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection allows users to submit entry information over the internet after landing, allowing them to skip the line at the airport and potentially re-enter the country much faster than usual.

The 'iPhone 7' effect: Android makers reportedly slow down chip orders ahead of Apple's launch

Thursday July 07, 2016

With the next-generation iPhone expected to launch in just a few months, a new supply chain report claims that Android device makers are trimming their chip orders, apparently hoping to avoid direct competition with Apple's latest model.

Apple rival Samsung posts high Q2 profits on rebounding phone division

Thursday July 07, 2016

Korea's Samsung on Thursday reported its highest quarterly profits in two years -- likely based on smartphones, despite intense competition from Apple and Chinese firms like Huawei.

Apple Pay launches in Switzerland with Visa and Mastercard support

Thursday July 07, 2016

As promised in June, Apple on Thursday introduced its in-house payments solution Apple Pay to customers in Switzerland, offering initial support for both Visa and Mastercard credit cards.

Longbow Research inaugurates Apple stock coverage with 'buy' rating

Wednesday July 06, 2016

Investment firm Longbow Research initiated Apple stock coverage this week, assigning a 12-month target price of $125 and forecasting a rosy outlook for the Cupertino tech giant on expected strong iPhone user growth.

Apple's second iOS 10 beta includes unencrypted 32-bit bootloader, RAM Disk, more

Wednesday July 06, 2016

Apple turned heads in June when it released a preview version of iOS 10 containing an unencrypted kernel cache, a significant shift in software security policy meant to streamline system performance, and analysis shows the company is building on those efforts with the second beta release.