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2017

Apple issues second betas of iOS 10.3.2, macOS 10.12.5, watchOS 3.2.2 & tvOS 10.2.1

Monday April 10, 2017

Apple on Monday issued second betas of iOS 10.3.2 and macOS 10.12.5 to developers, paving the way for what are likely to be minor bugfixes and security improvements for Macs, iPhones, and iPads. Simultaneously, the company released second betas of watchOS 3.2.2 and tvOS 10.2.1.

In high-speed 5G wireless bid, AT&T buys Straight Path for $1.6B

Monday April 10, 2017

With an eye toward next-generation 5G wireless cellular connectivity, networking giant AT&T on Monday announced it will purchase Straight Path Communications for $1.6 billion.

Apple Deals: 13" MacBook Air for $799 ($200 off); 2017 9.7" iPad in stock for $324 ($5 off); unlocked iPhone 5s for $99

Monday April 10, 2017

Shoppers looking for the lowest prices on 13" MacBook Airs can save $200 this week with special financing offers. MacMall is also knocking $5 off Apple's new 2017 32GB iPad (Wi-Fi) in Silver with units in stock. Refurbished iPhone 5s devices (GSM unlocked) are discounted to $99.99 as well.

Google may pump $876M into LG Display to compete with likes of Apple iPhone in OLED

Monday April 10, 2017

Google is reportedly in talks to invest over $876 million in LG Display to secure a source of OLED panels, likely for its Pixel phones -- perhaps signalling more intense competition with Apple's iPhone, as well as third parties using Google's Android operating system.

Apple posts GPU-related job openings in UK following Imagination breakup

Monday April 10, 2017

Apple is ramping up its efforts to create its own GPU designs, following the iPhone producer's decision to stop working with the U.K.-based Imagination Technologies, by advertising a number of job postings within the graphics field in London.

Apple-connected bidders raise stakes in bids for Toshiba's memory business

Monday April 10, 2017

Three Apple suppliers -- Hon Hai/Foxconn, SK Hynix, and Broadcom -- are reportedly dogged in their determination to bid for Toshiba's memory business, despite strong preferences by both Toshiba and the Japanese government for a domestic buyer.

Renovated Fifth Avenue Apple store will get Beats 1 broadcasting zone

Sunday April 09, 2017

When renovations are complete, one addition at Apple's flagship Fifth Avenue store will include a special space for Beats 1 broadcasting, according to an AppleInsider source.

Apple's second Mexican retail store to be multi-level flagship, share design with NYC World Trade Center outlet

Sunday April 09, 2017

Apple is enjoying consistently strong sales after opening its first brick-and-mortar retail outlet in Mexico in late 2016, and the company plans to capitalize on surging demand by building a new multi-level flagship in Mexico City's upscale Polanco district.

This week on AI: New Mac Pros and iMacs, Apple building its own GPUs & more

Saturday April 08, 2017

Apple paid rare attention to its pro customers this week, teasing a redesigned Mac Pro along with catered iMacs. Behind-the-scenes dealings also made headlines, particularly news that Apple will developing its own GPUs.

Jay Z pulls albums from Apple Music and Spotify

Friday April 07, 2017

As the streaming music war intensifies, hip hop star and Tidal co-owner Jay Z is quietly removing his music from major streaming music outlets Apple Music and Spotify, while leaving the same tracks in place on his own service.

J.D. Power: 2017 tablet buyers report "outstanding" satisfaction, ready to spend money on premium brands

Friday April 07, 2017

In a followup conversation to clarify the firm's recently reported findings on U.S. tablet buyers, J.D. Power highlighted a series of data points that overturn many established narratives on the "beleaguerment" of the tablet market, particularly with regard to premium-priced, higher-end models.

Rumor: iPad Pro Smart Connector included on 'iPhone 8,' to be used for AR, charging

Friday April 07, 2017

A new rumor, possibly recycled from 2016, claims that the Apple Smart Connector, or a variant thereof, will appear on the iPhone 8 and will be utilized for charging the device, plus potential AR and VR applications.

Apple, Saturday Night Live working together on TV commercial - report

Friday April 07, 2017

Apple has signed a deal with NBC that will see the crew of "Saturday Night Live" create at least one commercial for the iPhone maker, blurring the line between the show and advertising.

Apple rival Samsung forecasts high profits despite Note 7 fires & political scandals

Friday April 07, 2017

Samsung Electronics on Friday announced a forecast of its best profits in over three years for the March quarter, despite dealing with the fire-prone Galaxy Note 7, and a political scandal that resulted in the arrest of vice chairman Jay Y. Lee.

Facebook steps up 'false news' crackdown with tips for spotting and reporting bogus stories

Friday April 07, 2017

This week, users on Facebook began receiving a public service announcement from the social networking site regarding what it has branded as "false news," offering tips on how to spot a fake story.

Long-time Apple and consumer technology journalist Walt Mossberg retiring

Friday April 07, 2017

Heralded tech journalist Walt Mossberg is retiring in June after a 47-year career, 26 of it exclusively focusing on consumer technology including extensive coverage of Apple, and a great deal of time with Apple cofounder Steve Jobs.

Where to find the best deals on Apple's 2017 9.7" iPad line

Friday April 07, 2017

As Apple authorized resellers begin shipping the new 9.7-inch iPad, those on the lookout for a great deal on the 2017 devices can save money instantly or take advantage of free expedited shipping offers on a variety of models that are in stock and ready to ship.

Facebook's new M assistant merges Apple's data detectors & rumored Siri Messages enhancements

Friday April 07, 2017

Taking it out of a year-long test phase, Facebook on Friday launched "M," a new AI assistant integrated into Messenger that bears some similarity to Apple's data detectors, as well as rumored Siri integration into Messages for "iOS 11."

Toshiba narrows bidders for memory business, may have dropped Apple

Friday April 07, 2017

Toshiba has reportedly shrunk the group of bidders for its memory business from about 10 to a number that may no longer include Apple, though no binding offers have been made, and more bidders could potentially join.

Likely bogus schematic of Apple's 'iPhone 8' surfaces on link aggregation site

Friday April 07, 2017

A new schematic has emerged purporting to be of the forthcoming "iPhone 8," but inconstancies with existing supply chain reports suggest strongly that it is a fake.