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US court puts Personal Audio's 'podcasting patent' to bed

08/07/2017, 08:08 pm

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Monday affirmed a Patent and Trademark Office finding to invalidate a notorious "podcasting patent" that "patent troll" Personal Audio used in lawsuits against big-name podcasters.

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France and Germany seek to plug tax loopholes exploited by Apple, other tech firms

08/07/2017, 06:08 pm

France is working with Germany on European Union reforms aimed at plugging loopholes U.S. technology companies like Apple use to minimize taxes, tactics that give foreign entities a leg up on local competition.

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Review: Mantiz MZ-02 enclosure is a stylish Thunderbolt 3 dock and eGPU enclosure in one

08/07/2017, 02:08 pm

A few of the external GPU solutions are aimed at the gamer crowd -- and look like it too. The Mantiz MZ-02 is one of a new generation of enclosures, aimed at boosting graphics performance with the addition of a PCI-E GPU to a Thunderbolt 3-equipped machine and eschewing any stereotypical gamer branding.

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Apple starts hiring for ninth Japanese store, based in Kyoto

08/07/2017, 12:08 pm

Apple is preparing to launch a new store in Kyoto, Japan, newly-published job listings reveal -- just its ninth in the entire country, despite a years-long presence there.

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Pre-orders for Sylvania Smart+ A19 Full Color Light Bulb start, more HomeKit devices coming

08/07/2017, 10:08 am

Sylvania has launched pre-orders for its Smart+ A19 Full Color Light Bulb, and is adding more HomeKit bulbs, and accessories in the near future.

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More pictures of Apple's custom badge reader for Apple Park pop up in FCC filing

08/05/2017, 07:08 pm

The general appearance for a door access system intended for use in Apple-controlled facilities has been revealed in a filing with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, with the custom badge reader shown to have striking and sleek design befitting the Apple Park corporate campus.

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Review: Kwikset Premis HomeKit lock chews through batteries, disappoints

08/05/2017, 01:08 am

The Kwikset Premis is a lot of things. It's a HomeKit compatible connected deadbolt with a nice touch number pad with well-lit numerals. It's also a disappointment. We reviewed it for an extended period and found all the wrinkles.

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This week on AI: See the final 'iPhone 8' design, Apple's stellar Q3, LTE Apple Watch & more

08/05/2017, 01:08 am

Early HomePod firmware, ironically, exposed a bevy of secrets about Apple's "iPhone 8," including the general design of the device and features like facial recognition. Not to be outshone, Apple shared its June-quarter financial results, which were up across the board -- including a rare gain in iPad numbers.

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Apple may integrate Service Workers into WebKit, support next-gen web apps in Safari

08/05/2017, 01:08 am

Apple this week began work toward integrating Service Workers, an API that lets browsers run background scripts, into WebKit, suggesting the company might one day support a form of next-generation web app in iOS.

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AppleInsider podcast talks Q3 earnings, HomePod firmware reveals on 'iPhone 8'

08/04/2017, 08:08 am

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about Apple's fiscal third-quarter 2017 earnings call, plus all the information that's hidden in the HomePod firmware.

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White House calls on Apple, other tech giants to help restructure government IT

08/03/2017, 08:08 pm

Continuing efforts to transform and modernize government IT systems, White House advisor Jared Kushner on Thursday laid out plans for the ambitious project in a conference call with representatives from tech giants Apple, Amazon, Oracle, Qualcomm and others.

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Google extended $30B takeover offer to Snap in 2016, may still be open to deal - report

08/03/2017, 03:08 pm

At one point in 2016 Google floated the idea of buying Snap -- the parent company of popular messaging app Snapchat -- for at least $30 billion, and a similar offer may remain open, according to a report.

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Tech group representing Apple rebukes proposed GOP immigration bill

08/03/2017, 12:08 am

Senate Republicans, with the backing of President Donald Trump, on Wednesday introduced a bill designed to drastically reduce legal immigration levels in the U.S., but the proposed act is already under fire from a technology industry lobbying group.

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Apple TV Remote app target of latest Uniloc patent lawsuit

08/02/2017, 08:08 pm

Continuing its withering legal barrage against Apple, so-called "patent troll" Uniloc on Wednesday filed a patent lawsuit claiming the Cupertino tech giant's Apple TV Remote app for iOS infringes on IP dating back to 1999.

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Amazon Echo vulnerability allows hackers to eavesdrop with always-on microphone

08/02/2017, 08:08 pm

A security researcher has shown off the potential danger of internet connected speakers being used to listen in on private conversations by publishing details of how to hack earlier models of the Amazon Echo via a hardware-based vulnerability that cannot be fixed with a software patch.

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Apple shares three new iPhone 7 ads featuring Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson

08/02/2017, 05:08 pm

Apple on Wednesday posted to YouTube a trio of ads starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, with the short spots featuring extended scenes taken from the "Rock X Siri: Dominate the Day" mini movie.

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Red's $1200 Hydrogen One smartphone detailed in new video showing trio of prototypes

08/02/2017, 03:08 pm

Red's $1200 Hydrogen One smartphone with 3D display is more than vapor, with three prototypes being demonstrated -- with one having a fully functional display.

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Review: Vinpok Bolt-S cable returns MagSafe-like technology to the USB-C MacBook Pro

08/02/2017, 11:08 am

MagSafe was removed from the 2016 MacBook Pro, and its not likely coming back. Does the Vinpok Bolt-S cable fill the gap, or is the attraction of the old technology best left in the past?

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Facebook developing separate video chat and smartspeaker devices, custom voice assistant - report

08/02/2017, 09:08 am

Facebook is reportedly working on not one but two smartspeaker-style devices, and building its own Siri-like voice assistant with the help of former Apple employees.

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Feral porting BioShock Remastered to macOS to commemorate 10th anniversary of title

08/02/2017, 08:08 am

Mac game porting house Feral is releasing BioShock Remastered for macOS, with the new title bringing 1080p graphics to the heralded decade-old title.

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