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2017

Survivor's guide to taxes: The best tax software for Macs

Thursday March 02, 2017

Tax Day 2017 falls on Tuesday, April 18 this year, and although taxpayers get a few extra days to file, you'll need the right tools to get the job done. AppleInsider is rounding up the best tax prep software and filing tools to not only meet, but beat the deadline.

All of Apple's 2017 iPhones will include fast charging via Lightning port, not USB-C

Thursday March 02, 2017

While the underlying technology behind the charging may change, the Lightning port will remain on all of Apple's three new iPhones coming later this year -- including the flagship "iPhone 8" --according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities.

Apple declares second-gen Apple TV 'obsolete,' halts most hardware support

Thursday March 02, 2017

Apple this week added the second-generation Apple TV to its list of "vintage" and "obsolete" products, rendering it ineligible for repairs in most parts of the world.

Apple Time Capsule lives on with third-party antenna, 5TB hard drive update

Thursday March 02, 2017

Upgrade vendor Quickertek has upgraded stock Apple 802.11ac 2-terabyte Time Capsules with larger hard drives and a high-gain external antenna in a bid to keep the hardware relevant -- but the enhancements come at a price.

Apple invents futuristic digital scroll-like device with retractable, roll-up display

Thursday March 02, 2017

An Apple patent application published on Thursday describes a portable device with a flexible OLED screen capable of retracting into two hollow casings, suggesting the company is looking into alternative hardware formats for flagship products like iPhone and iPad.

Apple updates Home app webpage with new promotional video, design

Thursday March 02, 2017

In an update to its webpage on Wednesday, Apple refreshed the design of a mini-site dedicated to iOS 10's Home app and debuted a video showing off some of the smarthome software's best features.

Apple among corporations supporting transgender student in Supreme Court case

Thursday March 02, 2017

Apple and 52 other major U.S. corporations have signed a legal brief in support of Gavin Grimm, a transgender student whose case involving public bathroom usage rights is being heard by the Supreme Court.

Oculus Rift won't support Apple's Mac anytime soon, co-founder says

Wednesday March 01, 2017

In an interview on Wednesday, Oculus co-founder and head of Rift operations Nate Mitchell said that while support for macOS is not currently on the company's roadmap, it might revisit the topic of Apple integration in the future.

Apple shareholders again reject proposal to diversify senior management

Wednesday March 01, 2017

For the second year in a row, Apple shareholders on Tuesday voted against a proposal that would force the company to actively recruit "people of color" to high-ranking management positions and its board of directors.

Spotify app prompts hint at $20 lossless audio subscription

Wednesday March 01, 2017

Spotify is testing out the pricing for a new service providing lossless audio streams, with reports claiming a prompt for "Spotify Hi-Fi" offers the higher quality audio tracks and other benefits to subscribers, in exchange for a higher monthly fee.

Google's Chromebook Pixel ends up another F for Alphabet

Wednesday March 01, 2017

In a meeting with journalists at Mobile World Congress, Google's senior Vice President of hardware Rick Osterloh reportedly described the "end of the line" for the company's premium notebook bearing the Pixel brand, after shipping just two editions of the product since 2013.

US federal appeals court tosses $533M Smartflash victory against Apple

Wednesday March 01, 2017

A U.S. federal appeals court on Wednesday tossed a $533 million verdict in favor of patent holder Smartflash, which in an earlier court battle had argued that Apple violated its data storage concepts by way of iTunes.

AAPL beats $140 per share in mid-day trading, inches closer to record $775B market cap

Wednesday March 01, 2017

Apple's stock price on Wednesday afternoon broke $140 per share and is only a few dollars short of both a pre-split $1000 valuation and breaking the company's previous market capitalization record of $774.69 billion set in 2015.

Microsoft adds Google Calendar & Contacts support to Outlook 2016 for Mac

Wednesday March 01, 2017

Microsoft on Wednesday launched preliminary support for Google Calendar and Contacts data in Office 2016 for the Mac, filling in a significant gap in the email and scheduling app. Along the same lines, Gmail accounts can now make better use of Outlook features.

As Apple invests heavily in AR, Microsoft plans 'mixed reality' support for Xbox, Windows

Wednesday March 01, 2017

Microsoft apparently sees the same market potential for augmented and virtual reality as Apple CEO Tim Cook, and will include support for "mixed reality" in future Windows and Xbox updates in conjunction with future headsets heralded by the new Mixed Reality Development Edition headset.

Google Meet video conferencing app goes live on iOS, pulled from App Store

Wednesday March 01, 2017

A new video conferencing service for business users from Google called Meet has partially gone live before an official launch, with an iOS app for the enterprise-focused meeting tool briefly appearing in the App Store before being pulled.

Apple brings carrier billing to Italy, Austria & Singapore, but still no US availability

Wednesday March 01, 2017

Apple this week turned on carrier billing in Italy, Austria, and Singapore, allowing some people in those countries to charge iTunes, iBooks, App Store, or Apple Music expenses to their phone bill instead of a credit card.

With rumors of a 128GB model swirling, Target adjusts inventory of Apple's iPhone SE

Wednesday March 01, 2017

U.S. retailer Target is allegedly telling its stores to return some iPhone SE units to Apple, a report claimed on Wednesday, ahead of a March press event in which the company could announce a new high-capacity 128-gigabyte model.

Netflix encoding tool aims to retain video quality on slow 100kbps iPhone mobile data connections

Wednesday March 01, 2017

Netflix is attempting to try and make its video streaming service accessible to its subscribers through lower-bandwidth connections, as well as minimizing buffering, with a new Dynamic Optimizer tool.

New Galaxy S8 leak shows high-quality render of Samsung's iPhone competitor

Wednesday March 01, 2017

The latest leak of the Samsung Galaxy S8 offers what may be the clearest view yet of the phone, which will apparently beat Apple's "iPhone 8" to the punch in combining a curved edge-to-edge OLED display with no physical home button.