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2016

Leaked iPhone app suggests Samsung preparing iOS support for Gear S2 smart watch

Thursday April 14, 2016

An unfinished app for managing Samsung's Gear S2 smartwatch has quietly appeared online, which may hint that Samsung is nearly ready to deliver on its promised iOS support.

Apple adds muscle in Washington with hire of White House insider

Thursday April 14, 2016

Apple has put a new face on its efforts to lobby the federal government, bringing in Cynthia Hogan -- a Washington cognoscente with close ties to the White House -- to lead its office in the District.

Apple to end iTunes Allowances for children on May 25

Thursday April 14, 2016

Apple on Thursday alerted people that it will put an end to iTunes Allowances on May 25, having mostly made the program obsolete through other iTunes features.

Rumor: suppliers begin to receive Apple Watch 2 component orders

Thursday April 14, 2016

Apple has reportedly started signing component orders for the second-generation Apple Watch, a possible sign that version two of the wearable will begin mass production within the next few months.

White House warns Congress that anti-net neutrality bill could be vetoed

Thursday April 14, 2016

If Congress sends HR 2666 -- a bill that might seriously weaken the FCC's net neutrality rules -- to the president for his signature, it would almost certainly be returned with a veto stamp, the White House said this week.

Motor Trend spotlights 'Apple Car' development in June cover story

Thursday April 14, 2016

For its latest June issue, long-running automotive serial Motor Trend threw a spotlight on rumors and speculation surrounding Apple's shadowy "Project Titan." To go along with its print coverage, which includes a well-studied "Apple Car" concept rendering, the magazine invited a panel of experts to discuss the broader implications of Apple's efforts, and AppleInsider was there.

CBS tvOS app gets Apple TV universal search integration

Thursday April 14, 2016

CBS this week became the latest streaming provider to tap into Apple TV's universal search APIs, adding to a growing list of apps that let surface first-party content via text and Siri voice search.

Apple unlikely to learn details of San Bernardino iPhone exploit

Thursday April 14, 2016

Apple, in an effort to protect customers against a heretofore unknown iPhone vulnerability, has sought information regarding a working encryption exploit used by the Justice Department in its investigation into the San Bernardino terror attacks. A new report, however, suggests the passcode bypass technique will likely remain secret.

FBI has yet to find actionable intel from breached San Bernardino iPhone, report says

Wednesday April 13, 2016

A report Wednesday claims FBI agents have not yet discovered useful information from an iPhone 5c linked to last year's San Bernardino terror attack, a device that just last month was at the center of a high-profile court battle involving Apple.

Senate draft bill requires companies extract, decrypt data for law enforcement

Wednesday April 13, 2016

Two high-ranking U.S. senators on Wednesday released to the public a proposed bill that would grant courts the authority to order tech companies dealing in hardware, software or services help law enforcement agencies gain access to encrypted communications.

'1970' date bug could be used to wreck pre-iOS 9.3.1 devices over Wi-Fi, researchers say

Wednesday April 13, 2016

Though the issue was nominally fixed with iOS 9.3, the "1970" date bug can theoretically be used to intentionally brick any pre-iOS 9.3.1 device, according to a pair of security researchers.

How to install and run Mac apps that don't come from the Mac App Store

Wednesday April 13, 2016

Apple has introduced a number of features designed to protect users from malware in OS X, but these tools occasionally go too far when trying to save people from themselves.

Rumor again claims Apple's 'iPhone 7' will ditch headphone jack for Lightning EarPods, sport Smart Connector

Wednesday April 13, 2016

The design for the next-generation "iPhone 7" may have already leaked, a new report claims, adding new details about Bluetooth EarPods that will allegedly pair and charge through the Lightning port.

House Judiciary Committee votes unanimously to back law demanding warrants for old emails

Wednesday April 13, 2016

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday voted 28 to 0 to approve the Email Privacy Act, a long-delayed bill that would make it tougher for law enforcement agencies to ask tech companies for older communications data.

Sling TV launches beta 'multi-stream' plan with simultaneous streaming on three devices

Wednesday April 13, 2016

Sling TV on Wednesday launched a beta "multi-stream" plan, allowing subscribers to stream channels on up to three devices simultaneously, instead of the normal single-device scheme.

Apple loses influential industrial designer Danny Coster to GoPro

Wednesday April 13, 2016

Industrial designer Danny Coster -- one of the Apple design team's longest serving members -- has left the company and will join action camera maker GoPro as Vice President of Design.

Meizu's new Pro 6 smartphone mimics Apple's iPhone 6s design & 3D Touch

Wednesday April 13, 2016

Chinese smartphone maker Meizu -- well-known for copying Apple's iPhone designs in its products -- on Wednesday announced the Pro 6, a phone which not only imitates design elements from the iPhone 6s but one of its signature features, 3D Touch.

New York City's MTA plans to debut smartphone-based transit payments by mid-2018

Wednesday April 13, 2016

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of New York issued a public bid on Wednesday, asking for proposals for a new contactless ticketing system to replace the MetroCard, and potentially allow iPhone users to pay for public transit on their smartphone.

USB-C devices can now have safety, authenticity verified with new certification program

Wednesday April 13, 2016

It will soon be much easier for consumers and businesses to determine whether a USB-C device is genuine and can be trusted, thanks to the newly introduced USB Type-C Authentication specification.

Amazon launches $290 Kindle Oasis, its thinnest e-reader ever

Wednesday April 13, 2016

Amazon's latest black-and-white e-reader is its thinnest and lightest design ever, but the Kindle Oasis also comes with a hefty $290 price tag, making it more expensive than Apple's iPad mini 2.