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2016

T-Mobile launches iMessage-incompatible 'Digits' virtual phone number beta

Wednesday December 07, 2016

Wireless carrier T-Mobile has started a beta of Digits -- a service that allows multiple phone numbers to be utilized in conjunction on one device, or one phone number to be shared across multiple devices on a carrier-level. The company recommends, however, that beta participants disable iMessage while using it.

Invite-only meeting details state of AI, machine learning research inside Apple's halls

Wednesday December 07, 2016

In an invitation-only meeting at Tuesdays Neural Information Processing Systems conference, Apple's head of machine learning broke down Apple's specific goals for its artificial intelligence developments, and detailed where it feels it has an advantage of its competitors, giving a rare look at Apple's research process.

Deals: $30-$150 off iPad Pros; 13" MacBook Air for $899; $199 Apple Watches (first-gen)

Wednesday December 07, 2016

Shoppers this week can snap up instant savings plus free expedited shipping and no tax outside NY on iPad Pros and MacBooks (with savings of up to $150). First-gen Apple Watch Sport models are also marked down starting at $199 and select Late 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar systems are in stock and ready to ship.

Apple adds ability to schedule third-party service appointments online for Mac, iPhone, iPad

Wednesday December 07, 2016

Apple recently made changes to its service scheduling process, and is now allowing users to make appointments with certified third parties and the remaining Apple Specialists for repair and support.

Apple seeds seventh public & developer betas of iOS 10.2

Wednesday December 07, 2016

Apple on Wednesday issued a seventh beta of iOS 10.2 to developers and the public, a mere two days after releasing the sixth one.

New research data shows iPhone at top of sales charts by vendor across most of the world

Wednesday December 07, 2016

New research data shows that Apple's iOS saw a significant sales percentage boost with the release of the iPhone 7 family, with year-over-year sales growth in a three-month measurement period ending in October.

November set App Store's 'highest monthly sales ever,' says Apple's Schiller

Wednesday December 07, 2016

Last month saw the App Store achieve a new monthly sales record, Apple's senior VP of worldwide marketing said on Wednesday.

Apple's Federighi suggests GPU issues on 2016 Retina MacBook Pro fixed in macOS 10.12.2

Wednesday December 07, 2016

In email response to a customer regarding GPU anomalies associated with the Touch Bar MacBook Pro, Apple's senior VP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi suggested that the problem is solved in the latest macOS 10.12.2 beta.

Sony to release six games for iOS & Android in next financial year

Wednesday December 07, 2016

Taking a cue from Nintendo, Sony's PlayStation division is reportedly aiming to launch six games for iOS and Android in the financial year starting in April.

Fitbit's Pebble buyout valued at less than $40M, more about fighting Apple than product line

Wednesday December 07, 2016

New details about Fitbit's buyout of Pebble have emerged, namely that the deal is more about acquiring software and talent the company needs to fight Apple in the wearable arena, and less about the Pebble product line.

Apple assembly partner Foxconn plans US expansion

Wednesday December 07, 2016

Apple's primary assembly partner, Foxconn, will soon invest in expanding its U.S. operations, the latter company said on Wednesday, apparently following in the steps of a similar SoftBank announcement.

Trio of new AMD GPU references for possible Mac refresh found in latest macOS Sierra beta

Wednesday December 07, 2016

Users delving into the latest macOS 10.12.2 beta have discovered strings aligning with potential support for a trio of new GPU families in future hardware -- a refreshed Polaris 10, the unknown Polaris 12, and the Vega 10 series.

Apple selects 'Best of 2016' apps, movies, iBooks and more

Wednesday December 07, 2016

Apple on Tuesday unveiled its "Best of" selections for 2016, highlighting the year's most popular apps, TV shows, movies, e-books and other content sold across the company's various digital storefronts.

Apple Pay now works with Square Cash 'virtual debit cards'

Tuesday December 06, 2016

Minutes after Apple Pay chief Jennifer Bailey offered a brief update on Apple's payments product at Re/code's Code Commerce conference, Square CEO Jack Dorsey on Tuesday announced immediate integration with Square Cash virtual cards.

Apple Pay now accepted at 35% of US merchants, coming to Gap and more in 2017

Tuesday December 06, 2016

Headlining Re/code's Code Commerce conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, Apple Pay chief Jennifer Bailey said 35 percent of U.S. retailers now accept the company's fledgling payments service, a figure expected to grow substantially in 2017.

Pandora unveils $9.99/month Premium on-demand streaming service, to launch in early 2017

Tuesday December 06, 2016

After picking up technology and staff from defunct streaming service Rdio in 2015, streaming music giant Pandora on Tuesday officially announced its own on-demand product that will take on Apple Music and Spotify when it launches next year.

Apple Music surpasses 20M subscribers after 17 months of service [u]

Tuesday December 06, 2016

Less than 18 months after its debut in 2015, Apple's fledgling music streaming service Apple Music recently surpassed 20 million subscribers, a milestone that took rival Spotify some seven years to reach.

iPhones account for 8 of top 10 cameras in 2016 Flickr report, Apple celebrates by offering Portrait mode tips

Tuesday December 06, 2016

Photo sharing site Flickr noted that Apple remains the leading camera brand among its users, filling eight slots of its top ten most popular cameras. iPhones now account for 47 percent of its photographers, compared to 24 percent using Canon cameras and 18 percent using Nikons.

Apple single sign-on feature goes live with support from 9 pay TV providers

Tuesday December 06, 2016

After throwing a spotlight on apps with support for its new single sign-on feature on Monday, and adding a clutch of compatible cable providers today, Apple's streamlined authentication service is now live for all users.

Apple agrees to pay $450K to settle charges of mishandling e-waste in California

Tuesday December 06, 2016

Apple has agreed to pay $450,000 to settle claims it improperly dealt with e-waste at facilities in Cupertino and Sunnyvale, the California Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday.