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2016

Roundup: The best Prime Day deals on Apple hardware and accessories

Tuesday July 12, 2016

With Prime Day 2016 well underway, it's not just Amazon that's offering up deals on Apple hardware and accessories. We're rounding up the best Prime Day bargains on phones, Apple TVs and more with discounts of up to $300 off with free shipping.

Pokemon Go players sacrifice full Google account access, pair of fixes coming soon

Tuesday July 12, 2016

Amid revelations that the popular Pokmon Go game for iPhone offers universal access to Google accounts, Google and Niantic have said that user emails and other sensitive data are not being harvested, and that a pair of fixes are incoming.

CVS testing Apple Pay, but chain says no official support ready yet

Tuesday July 12, 2016

U.S. pharmacy chain CVS appears to be testing support for Apple Pay, although the company says it still has no official launch date, and is currently only "evaluating" mobile payment options.

Wall Street expects Apple shipped 40M iPhones in June quarter, down from 47.5M a year ago

Tuesday July 12, 2016

As investors await this fall's anticipated "iPhone 7" launch, sales for the current-flagship iPhone 6s series are expected to continue to lag behind last year, with Wall Street estimates pegged at about 40 million units for the just-concluded June quarter.

Alleged 'iPhone 7 Plus' mockup includes Smart Connector, dual-lens camera

Tuesday July 12, 2016

A series of photos found circulating on Chinese blogging site Sina Weibo on Tuesday shows what appears to be a full scale "iPhone 7 Plus" mockup, potentially offering an early look at what could be Apple's forthcoming phablet.

Apple donates $1M to China NGO to assist flood relief efforts

Monday July 11, 2016

Apple recently became the first U.S. company to donate to the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA), a non-governmental organization helping with flood relief efforts after heavy rains impacted millions along the Yangtze river region.

Pokemon GO is earning Apple's App Store 3x as much money as Nintendo

Monday July 11, 2016

App Store chart-topping downloads of the hit game Pokemon GO have sent Nintendo's stock soaring, adding more than $7 billion to its market capitalization. However, the Japanese gaming icon is reportedly earning significantly less from app-related sales than Apple is from its App Store cut.

Intel could see $1.5B boost from Apple 'iPhone 7' modem orders

Monday July 11, 2016

Financial research firm Cowen and Company believes Intel will supply Apple with 50 percent or more of the LTE modems needed for "iPhone 7," a win that could generate some $1.5 billion in incremental revenue over the next year for the chipmaker.

Apple's Mac sheds marketshare in Q2, sinks to 5th place amid worldwide sales slowdown

Monday July 11, 2016

Apple's share of the global PC market took a substantial hit during a challenging second quarter, dropping the company down to fifth place among the world's top computer manufacturers, according to preliminary numbers from market research firms Gartner and IDC.

US Treasury Secretary to meet with EU antitrust head, try to block collection of Apple back taxes

Monday July 11, 2016

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is reportedly meeting with the head of the European Union's antitrust efforts, Margrethe Vestager, ahead of an anticipated ruling on whether the Irish government will have to collect back taxes from Apple.

iDevices HomeKit accessories add Amazon Alexa voice control

Monday July 11, 2016

The Siri-friendly iDevices stable of smart home gadgets has now been enhanced with Amazon Alexa compatibility, giving users more flexibility in voice control options.

Two-thirds of US iPhone owners have a 2+ year old device, are prime for upgrades

Monday July 11, 2016

If the typical two-year upgrade cycle holds steady, Apple could be in line for a major "iPhone 7" product cycle, with a majority of existing iPhone users due for a new handset, according to a new survey.

Nintendo's hugely successful 'Pokemon Go' expected to launch soon in Europe, Japan

Monday July 11, 2016

The first mobile Pokmon title for iOS and Android has proven to be a wild success, helping to boost shares of Nintendo stock after a pervasive slide, with the game on track to expand to Europe, Japan and more in the coming days.

Apple chip builder TSMC expected to see record Q3 on 'A10' chips

Monday July 11, 2016

Chip manufacturer TSMC on Monday posted revenues of just under $6.89 billion for its second quarter, and is anticipated to do even better in the third quarter thanks to growing shipments of Apple "A10" processors for upcoming iPhones and iPads.

Alleged 'iPhone 7' leak offers crystal clear look at larger single-lens camera, tweaked antenna lines

Monday July 11, 2016

With just a few months to go before Apple is expected to unveil its next-generation iPhone lineup, a new high-quality image falls in line with previous leaks, showcasing the expected look of the 4.7-inch model.

Apple and the Bot War on Apps

Sunday July 10, 2016

A new media narrative is unfolding, replete with statistics all seeking to provide evidence that Apple's success with native apps is over. There's no clear agreement on what exactly will take over--Chat Bots, Voice Assistants, the Web, Augmented Reality or some new and unknown successor--but it is clear that the loser must be Apple. It has to be, because it's desperately needed by Apple's rivals.

Profile highlights blind Apple engineer working on accessibility tech

Sunday July 10, 2016

A profile published on Sunday details the experiences and work of Jordyn Castor, a blind Apple engineer now developing technologies like VoiceOver with company's accessibility design and quality team.

Review: Synology's DiskStation DS216j offers affordable yet advanced network storage

Sunday July 10, 2016

The DiskStation DS216j NAS is positioned near the bottom of Synology's consumer level network storage product range, but advanced software integration and a configurable design means the system can easily serve up to a small business.

Last Call: Apple's 12" MacBook (1.3GHz, 8GB, 256GB) in Space Gray for $999 ($550 off)

Sunday July 10, 2016

For the next seven days only, AI readers can grab Apple's 2015 12-inch MacBook (1.3GHz, 8GB, 256GB) for the lowest price ever offered at $999, plus free expedited shipping, a free copy of Parallels 11 and no sales tax outside of NY.

This week on AI: No more 16GB iPhones, iOS 10 & macOS Sierra betas & more

Saturday July 09, 2016

Even with summer doldrums in full effect, there was still plenty of news to go around -- including the first public betas of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, and word that Apple is finally ditching 16 gigabyte iPhones.