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Intel buying Mobileye for $15.3B to expand further into self-driving technology

03/13/2017, 09:03 am

In the largest purchase of an Israeli tech company ever, Apple chip partner Intel will dole out $15.3 billion for Mobileye, a company known for anti-collision, driver assistance, and autonomous driving solutions.

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This week on AI: 'iPhone 8' delays, the CIA's iOS hacking tools, Apple fights 'right to repair' & more

03/11/2017, 02:03 am

Though "iPhone 8" is still months away from an expected debut, two reports hinted that the device could miss a September launch window -- and might not even be the device people are predicting. Apple, meanwhile, tried to assure people that many exploits gathered by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, uncovered by WikiLeaks, have already been fixed.

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WeberHaus will offer HomeKit-enabled smart homes in Europe this year

03/10/2017, 02:03 pm

Apple's smart home connectivity platform will be offered to more buyers of new homes in Europe, as pre-fabricated house builder WeberHaus has confirmed its home control systems will include support for HomeKit, starting later this year.

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Apple retains top spot on Laptop's tech support rankings for third year straight

03/10/2017, 11:03 am

For a third consecutive year, tech publication Laptop has once again awarded the best score in its Tech Support Showdown to Apple, commending its support via phone calls, online chat, and social media accounts.

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Japan's national security could block Apple suppliers Foxconn & TSMC from Toshiba memory stake

03/10/2017, 09:03 am

The Japanese government is preparing to vet the security of potential bidders for a majority stake in Toshiba's memory business -- something that could give U.S. companies an edge, but stop Apple suppliers Foxconn and TSMC, a report said on Friday.

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Apple lobbies against 'right to repair' proposal in Nebraska

03/09/2017, 09:03 pm

As reported earlier this year, Apple has sent delegates to officially oppose the passage of a so-called "right to repair" bill in Nebraska that would require the company to provide consumers and third-party repair shops access to service manuals and parts.

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Google radically scales back glassy new HQ plans, unveils conventional corporate building instead

03/09/2017, 04:03 pm

Less than two years ago, Google unveiled plans to build a new campus project as a vast open air city replete with greenery, inside of a massive glass greenhouse atrium. Now, the company is forwarding plans to build a basic tent-shaped building.

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Relocated Jacksonville Apple store to open on Mar. 11, Grand Rapids outlet to double in size

03/09/2017, 01:03 pm

A bigger, relocated Apple store in Jacksonville, Fla. will open this Saturday at 10 a.m. local time, Apple has announced. Meanwhile a shop in Grand Rapids, Mich. is also set to expand, and a completely new outlet will soon open in the Chinese city of Nanjing.

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Korean corruption trial begins for Samsung head Jay Y. Lee

03/09/2017, 11:03 am

The acting head of the Samsung Group, Jay Y. Lee, was put on trial in South Korea on Thursday, facing allegations that he funneled money to a close friend of the country's President in order to gain influence and consolidate power.

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Foxconn chairman raises uncertainties over building displays for Apple in USA

03/09/2017, 11:03 am

Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn has yet to decide whether or not to proceed with plans to jointly invest in a $7 billion facility in the U.S., with Chairman Terry Gou expressing concerns over government incentives, supply chain issues, and a shortage of skilled labor in the country.

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Apple patent filing sheds light on iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode

03/09/2017, 04:03 am

An Apple patent application published Thursday details an intelligent method of introducing photo background blur using a depth map compiled from data captured by a stereo camera system. The document could shed light on the inner workings of Portrait Mode on iPhone 7 Plus, details of which are sparse.

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Conan O'Brien makes mock Apple health ad, sends up Chaffetz's healthcare comments

03/08/2017, 10:03 pm

Apple's health initiatives like Apple Watch, HealthKit and the iOS Health app are the focus of a new comedic short produced by late night talkshow Conan, which on Wednesday used the products to mock comments a GOP representative made about the nation's affordable healthcare plan.

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How to check an iPhone's Activation Lock status online

03/08/2017, 09:03 pm

Apple scrubbed its iCloud Activation Lock status check tool from its website earlier this year, but a newly discovered workaround promises an alternative online resource for buyers in the market for a secondhand iOS device.

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Didi opens self-driving car lab near Apple in California

03/08/2017, 06:03 pm

Apple-backed Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi on Wednesday opened an artificial intelligence lab in Mountain View, Calif., where the firm will develop intelligent driving systems and AI-based transportation security.

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Founder of Apple-acquired WiFiSlam leaves for startup accelerator

03/08/2017, 05:03 pm

The founder of WiFiSlam -- an indoor positioning tech company Apple bought in 2013 -- has left Apple after staying four years with the iPhone maker, a report said on Wednesday.

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Japanese Apple manufacturing partner pledges 100% renewable energy use

03/08/2017, 08:03 am

Apple manufacturing partner Ibiden is Apple's first supplier in Japan to pledge the use of 100 percent renewable energy, spread across 20 new energy facilities.

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Apple accused of banning iPhone ads from Chinese newspapers critical of China

03/07/2017, 05:03 pm

Apple is claimed to have interfered with advertising campaigns cellphone carriers in Australia posted in local Chinese-language media outlets, with a report alleging the iPhone producer did not want to be seen as supporting newspapers critical of the Chinese government.

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Apple suppliers Foxconn & TSMC partnering on bid for Toshiba's memory business - report

03/07/2017, 11:03 am

Two of Apple's main supply chain partners -- Foxconn and TSMC -- are joining together to bid for a majority stake in Toshiba's memory business, a report said on Tuesday.

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First pictures from outside of new Cologne, Germany Apple Store at Schildergasse emerge

03/07/2017, 08:03 am

The scaffolding and construction fencing surrounding the new Cologne, Germany Apple store has been removed, with passers-by getting the first glimpses of the exterior of the store.

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Apple patent uses depth maps for smart facial detection, bolsters iPhone 8 rumors

03/07/2017, 04:03 am

Apple on Tuesday was awarded a patent covering the detection of human faces in digital video feeds by leveraging depth map information, technology that could be a building block of a face-based bio-recognition system rumored to debut with this year's iPhone.

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