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2016

Apple issues second public beta of macOS 10.12.2

Wednesday November 09, 2016

Apple on Wednesday released a second public beta of macOS 10.12.2, refining the update's fixes and features for people wanting the earliest possible access.

Pushbullet makes cross-platform link and file sharing easier

Wednesday November 09, 2016

One of the regular problems of a multi-platform universe is that sometimes, you'll stumble across a link or file that's better simply viewed on another device. Pushbullet's self-titled app can be a good solution, especially if you live at least partly outside of the Apple ecosystem.

Apple Pay ranks as fifth most common payment platform on most popular websites

Wednesday November 09, 2016

By some metrics Apple Pay now ranks fifth in marketshare of the Web payments industry, according to new analytics data, although it still has a long road to tread before becoming commonplace.

Facebook enables push advertising through Messenger chats

Wednesday November 09, 2016

People using Facebook may soon start to receive advertising via Messenger, though only under limited circumstances, the company's VP of messaging products announced this week.

GoPro issues recall of Karma drone, in-flight power loss leads to crashes

Wednesday November 09, 2016

Sports camera and drone manufacturer GoPro has issued a recall of the recently released Karma drone, after only 16 days on the market.

Closeout deals: Up to $1,700 off Apple iMacs, MacBooks and Mac Pros with free shipping and no tax outside NY and NJ

Wednesday November 09, 2016

Apple authorized reseller Adorama is slashing prices on Apple hardware with discounts of up to $1,700 off Mac Pros, iMacs and MacBooks. On top of the instant discounts, each system ships for free and Adorama will not collect sales tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

Watch: iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode vs. DSLR

Tuesday November 08, 2016

Apple with the recent release of iOS 10.1 enabled Portrait Mode on iPhone 7 Plus, allowing users to add a touch of artistic blur to their images by simulating an enhanced depth-of-field effect. AppleInsider compares the still-in-beta feature to a true prosumer DSLR, the Canon 5D Mark IV with full-frame sensor.

Apple Pay gains support for 31 Australian credit unions, small banks with Cuscal deal

Tuesday November 08, 2016

As Australia's largest banks look to stymie Apple Pay's expansion efforts for their own gains, Apple and payments solutions firm Cuscal on Wednesday local time announced a deal that will bring the fledgling payment service to 31 credit unions and regional banks.

Ireland to submit appeal of EU's $14.5B Apple tax ruling on Wednesday

Tuesday November 08, 2016

The Irish government is about to formally submit its appeal of the European Commission's tax ruling on Apple, Finance Minister Michael Noonan announced on Tuesday.

Apple relaunches online sales of refurbished iPhones [u]

Tuesday November 08, 2016

For the first time in years, Apple has begun selling refurbished iPhones from its U.S. online store, giving people a cheaper way of getting into the iPhone ecosystem while still having official warranty support. [Updated with corrections]

Apple hardware, software support iOS app now available in the Netherlands

Tuesday November 08, 2016

Apple has performed what may be a soft launch of a new Apple Service app in the Netherlands, allowing users in that country to schedule Genius Bar appointments, as well as get live chat-based support for Macs, iPads, and iPhones.

Apple's engineering in new MacBook Pro paves way for speedy Optane storage in future models

Tuesday November 08, 2016

Apple has set the table for inclusion of the future XPoint-based Optane SSD technology in an iteration of the MacBook Pro, potentially leading to dramatically faster access times and transfer speeds than conventional SSDs.

Second public beta of Apple's iOS 10.2 now available

Tuesday November 08, 2016

Members of Apple's public beta program can now access a second pre-release build of iOS 10.2, packing in newly redesigned emoji and bug fixes.

Tesla buys Grohmann Engineering to speed up electric car manufacturing

Tuesday November 08, 2016

While Apple is still deciding whether or not to design its own electric car, Tesla has announced its acquisition of Grohmann Engineering, which could help dramatically increase output of the Model S, X, and 3.

Apple Pay holiday promotions offer online shoppers free rush shipping, discounts, rewards

Tuesday November 08, 2016

A new initiative intended to drive Apple Pay use on the web, coinciding with the debut of Touch ID on the new MacBook Pro, offers shoppers exclusive offers and discounts this holiday season.

Filing suggests Apple investing big in OLED supply, increasing capital expenditure

Tuesday November 08, 2016

An investment firm has delved deeply into Apple's most recent Securities and Exchange Commission 10-K filing, and sees purchase orders extending over one year in duration which suggests to them that Apple is in the middle of a big OLED buy from Samsung -- the main supplier of the technology.

Deals: 13" MacBook Air (8GB) for $799; $399 Apple Watch Series 2 in stock; 15" MacBook Pro for $1,599; Black Friday app bundle $19.99

Tuesday November 08, 2016

Shoppers this week can save $400 on a 15" MacBook Pro (back in stock) or $200 on a 13" MacBook Air with 8GB of memory. Apple Watch Series 2 (42mm, Pearl Woven Band) is also in stock for $399 with no tax outside NY (plus avoid Apple's 2-3 week wait time). A 2015 512GB 12" MacBook is also $899.99, while a Black Friday Mac app bundle is under $20.

Wistron building MacBook Pro Touch Bars after original supplier falls short - report

Tuesday November 08, 2016

Because of problems experienced by an initial supplier, Taiwan's Wistron is now handling at least some orders for the Touch Bar keyboard on the MacBook Pro, reports claimed on Tuesday.

Netflix soon to be added to video options for Comcast X1 customers

Tuesday November 08, 2016

Movie streaming service Netflix will be available to Comcast subscribers with an X1 set-top box as soon as November 10, but won't be exempt from the 1TB data cap recently levied against a good portion of Comcast's internet customers.

Investigators raid Samsung's Korean HQ amidst country's presidential scandal

Tuesday November 08, 2016

South Korean prosecutors raided the headquarters of Apple rival Samsung on Tuesday, looking for evidence that the company might have illegally offered gifts to Choi Soon-sil, a woman accused of exploiting her connections to President Park Geun-hye.