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Moen wants you to take a shower with Siri and Alexa

01/07/2018, 11:01 pm

Plumbing hardware giant Moen is building out its U by Moen smart shower system with the latest virtual assistant technology from Apple and Amazon, allowing users to turn on fixtures, adjust temperature settings and more with their voice.

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First Alert debuts Onelink Safe & Sound smoke alarm/speaker with HomeKit, AirPlay 2 support

01/07/2018, 10:01 pm

Smoke detector manufacturer First Alert is getting into the premium speaker business with its Onelink Safe & Sound smoke and carbon monoxide alarm, an in-ceiling device that boasts integration with Apple's HomeKit platform.

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Elgato announces 'Eve Room' and 'Eve Button' HomeKit-enabled accessories

01/07/2018, 09:01 pm

Accessories maker Elgato expanded its HomeKit-enabled product offering at the Consumer Electronics Show on Sunday, announcing the debut of a revamped "Eve Room" sensor with embedded e-ink display and "Eve Button," a new wireless device capable of triggering HomeKit scenes remotely.

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This week on AI: Apple fights 'Meltdown' & 'Spectre,' iMac Pro review, 6.5" 'iPhone X Plus' & more

01/06/2018, 12:01 am

Apple began 2018 with yet another unwanted problem, in this case the "Meltdown" and "Spectre" security vulnerabilities in its processors. News of the week also included rumors of Jimmy Iovine leaving Apple Music, and our hands-on review of the iMac Pro.

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Law firm that extracted $450M settlement in Apple e-books case is going after company for throttling iPhones

01/05/2018, 10:01 pm

Hagens Berman, the consumer rights law firm that successfully obtained a $450 million settlement from Apple over e-book price fixing, once again has the tech giant in its sights, and on Friday filed a class-action lawsuit over the iPhone throttling debacle.

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Amazon Alexa making appearance in $1000 Vuzix augmented reality smart glasses

01/05/2018, 03:01 pm

Amazon won't be the first company to deploy its Alexa voice assistant in glasses, with Vuzix stepping up to the plate to do so in mid-2018.

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Video: How the Meltdown & Spectre chip flaws affect Apple's Mac and iPhone

01/05/2018, 02:01 pm

Both Intel- and ARM-based processors can be susceptible to various hacks, known as Meltdown and Spectre, affecting Macs, iPhones, iPads, and even Apple TVs. Apple has already implemented some fixes, with more to come, but there's a lot to unravel. AppleInsider is here to explain the situation in our latest video.

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Plugable USB-C Mini Docking Station attaches to VESA, provides 85W power, Ethernet, USB-A to MacBook, MacBook Pro

01/05/2018, 12:01 pm

A new USB-C dock from Plugable returns legacy ports to users including Ethernet and USB type A, in an enclosure that can be easily attached to the VESA mount on the back of a display.

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GoPro laying off up to 300 employees, mostly from Karma drone division - report

01/05/2018, 10:01 am

Action camera maker GoPro continues to struggle to take to the skies, as the company is reportedly laying off between 200 and 300 employees this week, reflecting the performance of its aerial camera drone, the Karma.

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Apple shipping delays higher under Tim Cook than Steve Jobs, data finds

01/05/2018, 09:01 am

During the past six years with CEO Tim Cook, the average gap between Apple announcing and shipping a product has reportedly been 23 days -- more than double the 11 days under the previous six years of Steve Jobs.

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All Mac & iOS CPUs affected by 'Meltdown' and 'Spectre' chip flaws, some fixes already in place with more coming

01/04/2018, 07:01 pm

Following the news that both Intel- and ARM-based processors can be susceptible to various hacks, Apple issued a statement on Thursday announcing that it has already implemented some fixes in the latest iOS and macOS releases, with more still to come. However, there are not currently any known exploits taking advantage of "Meltdown" and "Spectre."

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Apple joins Alliance for Open Media, signaling support for AV1 video

01/04/2018, 04:01 pm

Perhaps looking to get around licensing issues with H.265/HEVC, Apple has silently become a founding member of the Alliance for Open Media, a group working on a new video compression format known as AV1.

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Apple planning new Toronto store at Yonge & Bloor [u]

01/04/2018, 01:01 pm

Apple appears to be working on a new street-level store in Toronto, Canada, based inside an 85-story condominium at the corner of Yonge and Bloor, not far from Queen's Park and the Royal Ontario Museum. [Updated with corrected stats]

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Apple sues group that occupied Paris store to protest company's unpaid taxes

01/04/2018, 12:01 pm

Apple has leveled a lawsuit against Attac -- the Association for the Taxation of Financial Transactions and Citizen's Action -- which ran protests at a number of French Apple stores on Dec. 2, including a brief occupation of the company's flagship Opera store in Paris.

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As Apple acquires Shazam to deepen music knowledge, Microsoft's Cortana loses ability to recognize songs

01/04/2018, 12:01 pm

The shutdown of Microsoft's Groove Music service has eliminated music recognition capabilities in the software giant's Cortana personal assistant, giving Apple's Siri -- and its tight integration with Shazam -- a leg up on the competition.

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Blade begins US signups for Shadow game streaming, iOS app coming soon

01/04/2018, 10:01 am

Previously available only in France, Blade's Shadow game streaming service is now taking early U.S. signups -- with an iOS app pending approval, AppleInsider can confirm.

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AT&T announces plans to launch mobile 5G service in 12 cities by end of 2018

01/04/2018, 01:01 am

After the cellular industry agreed on specifications for the next-generation mobile 5G standard in December, AT&T on Wednesday announced plans to begin rolling out its own flavor of the speedy wireless technology by the end of 2018.

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Apple developing 'Are You Sleeping' novel into video series with 'Serial' creator advising

01/03/2018, 03:01 pm

Apple has once again grown its list of video under production, with the development of Nichelle Tramble Spellman's "Are You Sleeping," with the "Serial" podcast creator onboard in an advisory role, and Reese Witherspoon's development company producing the show.

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Apple opens up developer fee waivers to US nonprofits, schools & government

01/03/2018, 03:01 pm

Apple has begun promised fee waivers for its Developer Program, allowing certain eligible groups to avoid paying the $99 per year the company normally requires.

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Apple says Chicago store's snow problems are result of software issue

01/03/2018, 12:01 pm

Troubles with snow and ice at Apple's North Michigan store in Chicago were attributable to glitches in a rooftop warming system, rather than any inherently bad architecture, according to the company.

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