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2017

Bank documentation hints at Brazilian Apple Pay launch

Tuesday December 12, 2017

Documentation seen by Itaú Unibanco customers on Monday suggest Apple is on the verge of launching Apple Pay in Brazil, which was first rumored to gain access to the mobile payments service nearly two years ago.

Apple used data from iOS app to resolve 196 environmental supplier violations in China

Monday December 11, 2017

Apple relied on an iOS app created by a Chinese activist to identify and resolve at least 196 cases in which suppliers violated the nation's environmental rules, actions that in some cases led to their removal from the company's supply chain.

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Monday December 11, 2017

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Comparison: iPhone X vs. Galaxy Note 8 biometrics

Monday December 11, 2017

Both Apple's iPhone X and Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 offer camera-based biometrics for unlocking your handset, but which one is better? We put both to the test in this video.

Introductory app subscription pricing coming to App Store

Monday December 11, 2017

Apple on Monday announced a new App Store feature that allows developers to offer discounted introductory pricing or limited-time free trials on auto-renewable app subscriptions, a move designed to help subscription-based apps draw in new customers.

Google releases tool that helps security researchers hack iOS devices

Monday December 11, 2017

Google this week released a proof of concept tool that allows security researchers, and other developers, to hack into iOS 11.1.2, software that could lead to a jailbreak for devices running that OS version.

Apple now allows all developers to offer app pre-orders on App Store

Monday December 11, 2017

After experimenting with app pre-orders like Super Mario Run last year, Apple is opening the App Store functionality to all comers, a major shift in how the online storefront operates.

Google releases two experimental photo apps for iOS

Monday December 11, 2017

Google on Monday released a pair of "appsperiments" that provide new ways of capturing photographic images with smartphones like iPhone, while at the same time helping the search giant refine experimental software tools related to computer vision and artificial intelligence.

GymKit for Apple Watch makes North American premiere

Monday December 11, 2017

GymKit -- Apple's platform for two-way sync between an Apple Watch and cardio equipment -- is now available at a lone gym in New York City, having previously grabbed toeholds in Australia and England.

Apple's latest iPhone X ads concentrate on Face ID & Portrait Lighting

Monday December 11, 2017

Apple on Monday debuted three new 15-second video spots for the $999 iPhone X, once again looking to lure in shoppers during the critical holiday season.

Not just music: Apple's purchase of Shazam will aid augmented reality pursuits

Monday December 11, 2017

While most of the focus on Apple's purchase of Shazam notes the music and audio recognition engine, the company also has a machine learning vision system and an augmented reality product currently in use in the advertising industry to deliver product visualizations, and 360-degree videos.

Apple pulls fake cryptocurrency app that hit #3 on App Store finance charts

Monday December 11, 2017

An impostor app pretending to belong to MyEtherWallet.com has been removed from the App Store, but not before it managed to secure an ad and climb to third place in the store's Finance category over the weekend.

Apple starts testing cycle anew with first macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 developer's beta

Monday December 11, 2017

Apple has launched a single beta for the next point updates of its operating systems, with the first developer's release of macOS High Sierra 10.13.3.

Apple donates $1M to southern California fire relief

Monday December 11, 2017

Apple is donating $1 million to assist in "rebuilding and recovery" efforts for southern California, following the latest rash of wildfires in the region.

Apple acquires song identifying app Shazam for undisclosed sum

Monday December 11, 2017

Apple on Monday confirmed that it has purchased popular service Shazam, an app that listens for and identifies songs. It was rumored that the deal was for about $400 million, but no official sale price was given.

Apple may fix aging battery issues, prevent random shutdowns by slowing down iPhones

Monday December 11, 2017

It appears that some iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s family devices may see slower processing speeds as a result of a battery that has reached the end of its operational life, with some users getting a speed-up upon replacement -- but the slow-down and consequent speed-up isn't universal, and there may be other factors at work.

Apple Watch Series 3 shipments predicted to rise to 23-25M in 2018

Monday December 11, 2017

Shipments of the Apple Watch Series 3 could rise as much as 20 percent next year to between 23 and 25 million units, according to new industry predictions.

Apple enterprise sales channels gearing up, preparing businesses for iMac Pro orders

Monday December 11, 2017

AppleInsider has learned that enterprise sales staff within Apple have begun asking long-time clients about what "custom configurations" of the iMac Pro that they may seek, and are making preparations to take orders for the device as soon as this week.

Apple pushes back against shareholder measures on human rights & greenhouse gases

Monday December 11, 2017

Apple is reportedly looking to block at least four shareholder proposals ahead of its annual meeting in early 2018, including ones involving human rights and greenhouse gas pollution.

After Apple's HomePod delay, Google's $399 Home Max speaker goes on sale

Monday December 11, 2017

While Apple's HomePod couldn't reach store shelves before the end of 2017, Google's competing Home Max speaker has arrived right on time, with orders now being accepted at Best Buy and shipping in time for Christmas.