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Stacking up Apple HomePod, Amazon Echo and Google Home

02/08/2018, 09:02 pm

Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Apple all have voice assistants vying for attention, and all are moving the concept of computer-human voice interaction forward. AppleInsider offers an abbreviated history of how we got here and the capabilities of these assistants and their devices in anticipation of HomePod. What do these things do? What do people use them for? And what is Apple doing differently?


FBI agents dish on Tim Cook, Apple in private texts discussing iPhone encryption debate

02/08/2018, 08:02 pm

Documents recently aired in an ongoing investigation into the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton probe show texts between two agency officials discussing 2016's encryption debate, offering a revealing look at government sentiment at the time.


First HomePod orders arrive as Apple publishes User Guide

02/08/2018, 07:02 pm

HomePod is now on sale at Apple retail locations in Australia, New Zealand and other areas where the clock turned Friday, and customers who recently took receipt of the new smart speaker are posting photos of the device to social media outlets.


Qualcomm board unanimously rejects Broadcom's $121B takeover bid

02/08/2018, 05:02 pm

Qualcomm on Thursday said its board of directors has unanimously rejected a revised $121 billion buyout offer from Broadcom, saying the proposal "materially undervalues" the chipmaker's assets.


Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee suspected of evading $7.5M in taxes by South Korean police

02/08/2018, 10:02 am

Lee Kun-hee, the chairman of South Korean electronics giant Samsung, has been identified by police as a suspect in a tax evasion case, after authorities discovered evidence that 8.2 billion won ($7.5 million) in taxes was avoided by concealing funds in bank accounts opened under the names of other company executives.


Reporters Without Borders urges journalists to move or close Chinese iCloud accounts

02/08/2018, 09:02 am

Watchdog organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is recommending that journalists operating out of China either close or migrate their iCloud accounts by the end of the month, as Apple is on the verge of transferring local control to a company tied to the Chinese government.


Apple HomePod shipping estimates slip in US after first reviews go live

02/08/2018, 12:02 am

Apple's online store is showing constrained HomePod supply in the U.S. after early reviews of the device went live on Tuesday, with orders placed today estimated for delivery by Feb. 12 at the earliest.


Rumor: Apple to launch AirPower and AirPods wireless charging case in March

02/07/2018, 08:02 pm

A very thin rumor on Wednesday claims Apple will start shipping the AirPower wireless charging mat and AirPods wireless charging case in late March, both hotly anticipated items unveiled during the company's iPhone event in September.


HomeKit-compatible Philips Hue Bridge updated to support Zigbee 3.0 smart light bulbs

02/07/2018, 02:02 pm

Philips has issued new firmware for its HomeKit-compatible Hue lighting system, updating the Bridge to include support for Zigbee 3.0, allowing it to work with a wider array of connected lights, lamps, and similar devices produced by other companies.


Beijing fines bogus 'Apple service center,' confiscates fake products

02/07/2018, 12:02 pm

Beijing has reportedly fined a fake "Apple service center" in the Chinese capital some $43,000 for intellectual property violations, confiscating fake products in the process.


Apple wants to make it easier to afford pricey products, in talks for new financing deal with Goldman Sachs

02/07/2018, 08:02 am

Apple and Goldman Sachs are in conversations, which if fruitful, could result in alternate financing options for Apple buyers across the board in the future.


Apple retail stores to accept Alipay mobile payments in China

02/07/2018, 01:02 am

In a move seemingly designed to increase sales and local sentiment, Apple will soon accept payments from popular Chinese service Alipay at its 41 brick-and-mortar stores in the country, the first third-party system in the world to enjoy support from Apple's retail arm.


Apple's proposed Australian flagship store faces public opposition, called 'Pizza Hut pagoda'

02/07/2018, 12:02 am

Apple is facing a rare adverse reaction to the design of a proposed global flagship store in Australia, with the Melbourne City Council on Tuesday voting to lobby the government and Apple for a new aesthetic.


ESPN to launch $4.99/month streaming service this spring, live TV requires ESPN subscription

02/06/2018, 08:02 pm

Disney CEO Bob Iger on Tuesday officially announced plans to debut a long-rumored ESPN streaming service, saying the sports-centric offering will launch this spring as part of a redesigned ESPN app.


Apple preps second Chinese data center, switch-on not expected until 2020

02/06/2018, 03:02 pm

Putting aside privacy concerns about the first one, Apple is reportedly laying the groundwork for a second Chinese data center that will go online two years from now.


HomePod review roundup: Apple's smart speaker sounds incredible, but Siri is lacking

02/06/2018, 09:02 am

As a home audio device, Apple's HomePod is a hit with critics, who have lauded the $349 accessory's superior sound quality. But the standalone speaker has not addressed the shortcomings of Siri, an area where HomePod lagged behind the capabilities of competitors Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.


Apple's iCloud key in takedown of notorious Russian botnet operator

02/05/2018, 11:02 pm

Data from Apple's iCloud service was used to identify, and potentially locate and arrest, the operator of the Kelihos botnet, a system notorious for its association spam networks and criminal conspirators, according to U.S. court documents unsealed on Monday.


Health researcher Stephen Friend leaves Apple after less than two years

02/05/2018, 10:02 pm

According to a report on Monday, Stephen Friend, prominent health researcher and co-founder of Sage Bionetworks, has left Apple after serving less than two years on the job.


Apple Southlake Town Square in Dallas-Fort Worth joins US stores closing for renovations

02/05/2018, 03:02 pm

Apple's Southlake Town Square outlet -- located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area -- will close for renovations on Sunday, March 4.


Broadcom upping Qualcomm hostile takeover bid to $121 billion

02/05/2018, 08:02 am

The hostile takeover of Qualcomm continues, with Broadcom offering not just $60 per share of Qualcomm, but more than double the amount of stock for the combined entity that current shareholders will reap, should the deal conclude.