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Audible's new Channels service pits Amazon against Apple in podcasts

07/07/2016, 11:07 am

Amazon's Audible division on Thursday launched Channels, a service with exclusive short-form audio content that looks to challenge Apple's current dominance of the podcasting space.


Apple rival Samsung posts high Q2 profits on rebounding phone division

07/07/2016, 09:07 am

Korea's Samsung on Thursday reported its highest quarterly profits in two years -- likely based on smartphones, despite intense competition from Apple and Chinese firms like Huawei.


Apple's Tim Cook & Eddy Cue return to annual Sun Valley retreat

07/06/2016, 04:07 pm

For the fifth time in a row, Apple CEO Tim Cook is reportedly attending the annual Sun Valley retreat in Idaho, which plays host to rich elites from the corporate and political worlds.


Apple joins wide array of tech companies in fight to kill EU's 'Cookie Law'

07/06/2016, 12:07 pm

Apple and a cadre of other tech companies are fighting the European Union's so-called "Cookie Law," lobbying the organization for more refined laws that aim to strike a balance between user privacy and data collected by providers.


Apple issues second developer betas of iOS 10, macOS Sierra, watchOS 3 and tvOS 10

07/05/2016, 01:07 pm

Apple on Tuesday pushed out the second pre-release beta builds for iOS 10, macOS Sierra, watchOS 3, and tvOS 10, arriving more than three weeks after the platforms were announced at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference.


Apple using lower parts quotes, new suppliers to keep up high profit margins - report

07/05/2016, 09:07 am

A variety of Apple suppliers -- including some stalwarts -- are reportedly being hit by lower price quotes from the company, which is likewise said to be searching for new suppliers to maintain high profit margins on its products.


Apple sued by Chinese media regulator over streaming of 1994 propaganda film

07/04/2016, 08:07 pm

A subsidiary of China's State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) is suing Apple and streaming service Youku Tudou for causing "huge economic losses" through infringement of exclusive online distribution rights to a war film first aired in 1994.


Second hacker pleads guilty to role in celebrity iCloud, Gmail phishing scheme

07/04/2016, 06:07 pm

A Chicago man implicated in a phishing scheme targeting more than 300 iCloud and Google Gmail users, including the personal accounts of numerous Hollywood celebrities, faces up to five years in federal prison after signing a plea deal last week.


Samsung not separating OLED business [updated]

07/04/2016, 08:07 am

Samsung Display, the largest OLED manufacturer in the world and a key display supplier for Apple's entire range of products, was rumored to spin off its OLED business as a separate entity from its money-losing LCD operations. But the company later issued a statement denying the report [updated]


Review: Audeze Sine delivers planar magnetic magic to the masses

07/03/2016, 03:07 am

Audeze is one of only a handful of manufacturers to produce headphones with planar magnetic drivers, a technology promising higher fidelity sound and less distortion than traditional -- and cheaper -- dynamic cans. AppleInsider was able to take an extended look at the company's latest on-ear offering, Sine.


Review: Garmin's Fenix 3 HR is an iOS-connected smartwatch for fitness fanatics

07/02/2016, 03:07 pm

Garmin's highest-end smartwatch in some ways sets a gold standard for fitness trackers, but for the layman, it can be simultaneously overwhelming and lacking in creature comforts.


This week on AI: No 3.5mm jack on 'iPhone 7,' Tidal takeover talks, Apple vs. Spotify & more

07/02/2016, 05:07 am

"iPhone 7" rumors resurfaced with a vengeance this week -- but there were also interesting developments in the music streaming world, particularly with claims that Apple is interested in buying one its rivals, Tidal.


Apple reportedly mulling Tidal acquisition for access to exclusive content

06/30/2016, 06:06 pm

A shaky rumor on Thursday claims Apple is in early talks to acquire Tidal, the music streaming service and Apple Music competitor purchased by rapper Jay-Z in 2015.


Apple CEO Tim Cook named lead independent director at Nike

06/30/2016, 04:06 pm

Nike on Thursday appointed Apple CEO and longtime board member Tim Cook as its "lead independent director," while announcing company founder Phil Knight's retirement from the board.


Sling TV splits into 'Orange' and 'Blue' tiers, adds NBC, BBC America & other channels

06/30/2016, 03:06 pm

Sling TV on Thursday announced a slew of changes to its streaming service, including several new channels and the creation of "Orange" and "Blue" tiers, the latter bringing multi-stream support out of beta.


NYC Apple reseller and community staple Tekserve to close Manhattan store

06/30/2016, 02:06 pm

Tekserve -- both an Apple reseller and a gathering place for Apple users and devotees -- has announced it will close its Manhattan store in August, ending 29 years of service.


Nancy Pelosi expresses disappointment over Tim Cook's GOP fundraiser

06/29/2016, 08:06 pm

Engaging in a bit of political posturing this week, U.S. House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi offered a -- surprisingly condescending -- takedown of Apple CEO Tim Cook's fundraiser for House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republican candidates.


Apple uses platform dominance to 'lock out' competition, says Elizabeth Warren

06/29/2016, 06:06 pm

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren turned a critical eye to Silicon Valley in a keynote speech delivered at New America's Open Markets Program on Wednesday, saying industry leaders Apple, Amazon and Google use their respective platforms to the detriment of smaller, less powerful competitors.


Hillary Clinton's tech platform backs Apple positions on encryption, privacy, innovation, patents, education

06/29/2016, 05:06 pm

A new position paper outlining U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's "Initiative on Technology & Innovation" broadly addresses a wide range of subjects, but in particular aligns with Apple's position on encryption and privacy championed by its chief executive, Tim Cook.


Sioeye iPhone-connected sports camera streams live via LTE, includes 5GB free with T-Mobile

06/29/2016, 03:06 pm

Startup camera maker Sioeye on Wednesday announced its Iris4G LTE iOS-connected action camera now offers data plans with U.S. carrier T-Mobile, including a starter package with 5 gigabytes of free bandwidth to begin live streaming on the go.