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2017

First look: Beats Studio3 Wireless headphones with Pure ANC & Apple W1 chip

Thursday October 05, 2017

Apple's newly-available Beats Studio3 Wireless headphones are the highest-end model the company offers -- short of the appropriately named Beats Pro. AppleInsider offers a first look at the new hardware.

India may grant Apple retail presence, tax breaks in exchange for building iPhones locally

Thursday October 05, 2017

Apple has asked the Indian government for a number of exemptions following the start of production of iPhones within the country, and officials signaled on Thursday that they are weighing the requests.

Apple and the future of photography in Depth: iPhone 8 Plus

Thursday October 05, 2017

When iPhone launched ten years ago it took basic photos and no video. Apple has since rapidly advanced its capabilities in mobile photography to the point where iPhone is now globally recognized for its billboard-sized artwork and has been used to shoot feature length films for cinematic release. iOS 11 now achieves a new level of image capture with Depth. Here's a look at the future of photos, with a focus on new features debuted in iPhone 8 Plus.

Review: Infani Smart Baby Monitor

Thursday October 05, 2017

The field of iOS-connected baby health products remains somewhat small, but every once in a while there are products that are very interesting. Infani's smart baby monitor is one of these.

Apple ceases iOS 10.3.3 and iOS 11 code signing following iOS 11.0.2 update

Wednesday October 04, 2017

Apple on Wednesday stopped signing code for iOS 10.3.3 and the first version of iOS 11, preventing users from installing potentially vulnerable legacy operating systems in favor of the latest iOS 11.0.2 update.

Apple partners with Ohio State University to launch digital learning initiative

Wednesday October 04, 2017

Ohio State University on Wednesday announced it is working with Apple to Digital Flagship University, a school-wide digital learning program that involves an iOS laboratory that will serve not only students, but the wider community.

Watch: HEIF vs. JPEG on iPhone 8 compared

Wednesday October 04, 2017

Apple announced support for the High Efficiency Image File (HEIF) photo format at WWDC in June, a standard that supposedly retains image quality while boasting better compression that results in files half the size of past formats. We decided to test out Apple's claims by using our iPhone 8 Plus to take photos in the legacy JPEG format and HEIF, then comparing them side by side.

Permit breakdown pegs Apple Park 'spaceship' at over $427.5M, Steve Jobs Theater over $179.4M

Wednesday October 04, 2017

It cost upwards of $427.5 million to build Apple Park's main ring alone, according to a report this week which examined building permits for each of the 15 major structures at Apple's new headquarters.

Three more reports of swollen batteries in iPhone 8 Plus surface, still not statistically significant

Wednesday October 04, 2017

Three more reports of swollen iPhone 8 Plus batteries have surfaced in international markets, but the current rate of failure is still well within industry norms for infant failure of lithium ion batteries.

Apple reinforcing macOS, iOS Siri team with acqui-hire of init.ai startup crew

Wednesday October 04, 2017

Apple appears to have bought out a Init.ai -- a startup focused on machine learning and processing of natural language originally intended to assist in customer service -- to enhance Siri in some way.

Apple pulls Catalogs category from App Store, Dice & Educational subcategories under Games

Wednesday October 04, 2017

Apple on Wednesday informed developers that it's removing three sections from the iOS App Store, including the Catalog category, and two Games subcategories, Dice and Educational.

Jamf works with Bungie to improve 'iPad for Kids' program, plans expansion into more hospitals

Wednesday October 04, 2017

Apple device management firm Jamf has teamed up with The Bungie Foundation to give children in hospital a better experience while undergoing treatment, providing young patients with access to an iPad loaded with a variety of apps and other content to entertain and reduce distress.

Apple releases watchOS 4.0.1 with fix for LTE/Wi-Fi connectivity bug on Apple Watch Series 3

Wednesday October 04, 2017

A widely publicized bug that shipped with the new Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular has been addressed with a new software update, in the form of watchOS 4.0.1, which should improve the reliability of LTE cellular connections without an iPhone nearby.

Google Pixel Buds have limited iOS functionality, Google Clips records notable moments on its own

Wednesday October 04, 2017

As part of its Wednesday release event, Google announced the Bluetooth wireless Pixel Buds -- however, the ability to invoke the Google Assistant at a touch doesn't work at all on iPhone, and a translate function narrows compatibility further to only the Pixel phone.

Google's $649 5" Pixel 2, $849 6" Pixel 2 XL smartphones want to be your main squeeze, without a headphone jack

Wednesday October 04, 2017

Google's second-generation Pixel smartphones, geared to compete with Apple's iPhone 8 and iPhone X, boast a new squeeze feature, where users can invoke the handset's assistant by applying pressure to the handset's bezels. And in a growing trend established by Apple's iPhone 7, the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL do not have a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack.

Google announces $999 Pixelbook touchscreen hybrid notebook, optional $99 pen accessory

Wednesday October 04, 2017

With a 12-inch touchscreen, convertible form factor, optional stylus input, and integration with Google Assistant, the new Google Pixelbook hopes to compete with both Apple's MacBook and iPad Pro lineups.

$399 Google Home Max with SmartSound takes aim at Apple's HomePod

Wednesday October 04, 2017

In addition to its budget-priced $49 Google Home Mini, the search giant also introduced a push to the premium end of the speaker market, unveiling the $399 Google Home Max with speakers 20 times more powerful than the regular Home.

Apple confirms overhauled Century City store coming to Los Angeles later in 2017

Wednesday October 04, 2017

Apple has validated recent rumors by announcing an updated store for Los Angeles's Westfield Century City mall, located on Santa Monica Boulevard.

Google Home Mini offers affordable voice assistant, music streaming for $49

Wednesday October 04, 2017

Google on Wednesday unveiled a smaller, more affordable version of its Home speaker and assistant, dubbed the Google Home Mini, set to launch in stores on Oct. 19 for $49.

Netflix's free 'Stranger Things: The Game' offers retro-themed hype for upcoming season 2

Wednesday October 04, 2017

With a retro art design harkening back to the heyday of console gaming, the new and free "Stranger Things: The Game" leans heavily on nostalgia, just like the blockbuster series on which it is based.