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2016

Netflix uses 'chunk' analysis on downloaded video to save space, retain quality on iPhone

Monday December 05, 2016

Netflix has broadened how it handles encoding videos for downloading, looking at a feature in short chunks, and making decisions on how each piece is best handled, rather than looking at an entire film at once.

South Korean developers complain Apple's iOS app refund terms causing financial problems

Monday December 05, 2016

Developers in South Korea are decrying the iOS App Store's refund policy, saying that they are spending an inordinate amount of time cracking down on customers who have claimed to need a refund for an app's purchase by minors, yet are still consuming resources.

Apple to open seventh Shanghai store on Dec. 10

Monday December 05, 2016

Apple is preparing to launch its next Chinese store in Shanghai on Saturday, Dec. 10, throwing open the doors at 10 a.m. local time.

Apple adds basic support for Touch Bar in beta Web-based iCloud Photo Library

Monday December 05, 2016

Very recently, Apple updated its beta iCloud site with support for the Touch Bar on the 2016 MacBook Pro -- but the support is bug-laden, and not fully implemented.

Burglars ram SUV into Palo Alto Apple store in smash-and-grab raid

Monday December 05, 2016

A group of 8 to 10 burglars reportedly rammed a rented Kia Soul into the Palo Alto Apple store over the weekend, stealing numerous Macs and iPhones.

UK police turn to stealing in-use iPhones from suspects on the street, bypassing encryption

Monday December 05, 2016

U.K. law enforcement has turned to legalized "street robbery" to avail themselves of suspected criminals' iPhones, snatching them after the owner unlocks them to prevent contents from being irretrievable by forensics teams.

Examined: FileMaker Pro 15 ecosystem for macOS, Windows, and iOS

Sunday December 04, 2016

The latest FileMaker Pro 15.0.1.118 is at the center of an entire ecosystem aiming to help individuals and whole corporations manage their data. AppleInsider examines the platform's main app, which is now -- mostly -- macOS Sierra-ready.

Review: Powerbeats3 with Apple W1 chip are the most reliable Bluetooth headphones we've ever used

Saturday December 03, 2016

Bluetooth audio --especially when exercising --has always been "good enough," but never great. Apple's W1 chip in its latest headphones lineup changes that, and the proprietary wireless technology steals the show in its new sports-focused Powerbeats3 headphones.

This week on AI: 'iPhone 8' plans, Apple Maps drone fleet, MacBook Pro performance shootout & more

Saturday December 03, 2016

News settled down this week post-Thanksgiving, but there were still developments involving next year's OLED-equipped "iPhone 8," and hints about where Apple is going with its Maps app and future health hardware.

Apple expresses interest in autonomous vehicle testing in letter to NHTSA

Saturday December 03, 2016

In perhaps the most public admission of its automotive ambitions, Apple in a statement issued to the NHTSA in November proposed a policy update that would grant industry newcomers the same opportunities as established manufacturers when it comes to testing on public roads.

Apple scrubs VP of Special Projects Paul Deneve's bio page from website

Friday December 02, 2016

Apple this week removed Apple VP of Special Projects Paul Deneve's bio from its Apple Leadership webpage, suggesting the executive has changed roles or is no longer with the company.

Reported 2016 MacBook Pro graphics issues likely caused by third-party software [u]

Friday December 02, 2016

An undetermined number of 2016 MacBook Pro models are suffering from disturbing graphical rendering issues, with owners reporting full screen artifacts, screen tearing, flashing, random "glitches" and even system crashes. The issue, however, is related to overzealous third-party software and is not indicative of a critical hardware flaw.

Updated Apple Store app allows users to buy favorite items from the Apple Watch itself

Friday December 02, 2016

Apple's App Store app has been updated, with the primary addition being the ability to allow users to make purchases from the Apple Watch.

Executive leading HealthKit, other software platforms leaves Apple

Friday December 02, 2016

An executive hired to lead teams responsible for HealthKit, CareKit, and ResearchKit -- as well as related machine learning algorithms -- has left Apple after just a few months on the job, a report said on Friday.

Apple switches App Store pricing to local currencies in 9 countries

Friday December 02, 2016

In nine markets, Apple will soon move to using local currencies on the App Store, according to an official notice to developers.

Apple issues iOS 10.2 beta 5 to public & developers

Friday December 02, 2016

Apple on Friday released a fifth beta of iOS 10.2 to developers and public beta participants, its second update of the test software in just four days.

Apple blames iPhone 6s battery problems on air exposure during manufacturing

Friday December 02, 2016

Elaborating on an unfolding issue with iPhone 6s shutdowns, Apple on Friday linked the problem to gaffes during the manufacturing process.

Oppenheimer: Apple 'lacks the courage to lead the next generation of innovation'

Friday December 02, 2016

Oppenheimer analysts have issued an unusually scathing Apple investor memo, charging that the company is headed in the wrong direction and poised for a "decade-long malaise" as a result.

UL safety testing shows 95 percent of counterfeit iPhone chargers lack safeguards, are unsafe

Friday December 02, 2016

A commissioned report of 400 fake Apple chargers bought from all over the world found that 99 percent of them were unsafe, and didn't have sufficient safeguards to protect users and plugged-in devices.

Taiwan indicts Foxconn manager on stealing & selling 5,700 iPhones

Friday December 02, 2016

An ex-senior manager with Foxconn, Apple's main assembly partner, was reportedly indicted in Taiwan on Friday for stealing and selling some 5,700 iPhones in China.